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Oct 8th, 2011, 03:38 PM
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Five Days (Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle)

We will have five days to travel from Vancouver to Victoria to Seattle. Looking for suggestions for an itinerary:

Which transportation would be the most enjoyable?
Places to stay?
Places to eat?
Art to see?
Off the beaten track experiences?
No kids - just adventurous adults.

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Oct 9th, 2011, 07:39 AM
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Hi milliebest,

I personally enjoyed the ferry between Vancouver and Victoria, one of the most beautiful boat rides I've taken. The Victoria Clipper ferry between Victoria and Seattle I appreciated too, quite lovely, although not quite as scenic as the Vancouver-Victoria route.

Vancouver. I'd stay as close to the West End neighbourhood in Vancouver as I could, as that's my favorite Vancouver 'hood... I stayed at an adequate Motor Inn that I can't quite recommend, but liked the look of the Sylvia Hotel there, but read on Trip Advisor and decide. Sushi is phenomenal in Vancouver, I think due to the large Asian population and relative freshness of the fish. I enjoyed Samurai on Davie in the past, although it's been 3 years since I've been. Art? The Museum of Anthropology & walking on a path through temperate rain forest to Wreck Beach from there were definite highlights.

Victoria. I enjoyed staying at a hotel close to the Inner Harbour for the easy walking proximity to many dining establishments & the excitement of the buskers at the harbourfront. Re-bar I thought exceptional for vegetarian fare. The Royal BC Museum is the best museum I've been to for insight on Pacific Coast First Nations. Cycling Dallas Road along the Juan de Fuca Strait was an incredibly beautiful off-the-beaten track highlight here.

Seattle. I stayed at the Gaslight Inn, a B&B in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood which I would recommend. I loved that location, as I could walk to the Pike Place Market, Volunteer Park and the ferries in under 1/2 an hour and I liked the vibe of that area: handsome homes & gardens, plenty of dining & cafes in the Pike/Pine Corridor, 15th Ave. and on Broadway. Taking the ferry to Alki Beach/West Seattle was a terrific, inexpensive way to get out on the water, and I lucked out having a beautiful day. My favorite museum was the Burke Museum in the "U" District.

5 days is short, but if that's what I had, I'd probably divide it 2 days Vancouver, 1 day Victoria, 2 days Seattle.

Best wishes, Daniel
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Oct 11th, 2011, 10:47 PM
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Hi, just back from my annual week @ VIFF, the vancouver international film festival. i always stay @ the coast plaza. while a friend who works ther gets me a great rate on a high floor, the location is super. it's about a 15 minute walk back to downtown either davie or robson streets are full of shops and restaurants , others heading in are leafy and residential w/ a mix of houses and apartment blocks. you are 2 minutes to english bay and 5 minutes to stanley par and its wonderful seawall. denmana street is lined w/ restaurant choice sof all kinds and prices. i had dinner at the malaysian banana leaf, the wonderful seafood oriented beach hous and at the all you can eat korean bbq on denman near georgia. there is also frequent bus service on denman, davie and robson back and forth to downtown

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