International travel doesn't necessarily mean long, expensive flights, foreign languages and days of jetlag — Canada is so close. If you're looking to explore America's northern neighbor, consider Vancouver.
The bustling west coast seaport, located in British Columbia, is one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. The city is surrounded by mountains and boasts thriving art, theater and music scenes, not to mention a delicious food scene closely tied to the region's bountiful seafood offerings.
Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Pittsburgh and Vancouver in the next few months, including some popular hotel options and favorite local attractions.
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Flight deals to Vancouver
Currently, the cheapest flights between Pittsburgh and Vancouver are if you leave on March 29 and return from Canada on April 1. WestJet currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $325.
There are also deals to be had in June. If you fly out of Pittsburgh on June 5 and return from Vancouver on June 8, WestJet can get you there and back for $327 roundtrip.
Top Vancouver hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are some of Vancouver’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Drive)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Westin Bayshore. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129.
Located on Vancouver's seawall, the hotel is next to Stanley Park and a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk to the downtown core.
The La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (845 Burrard St.)
There's also the 4.7-star rated The La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. Rooms are currently set at $140/night.
The Sutton Place is a luxury hotel located in the center of Vancouver's shopping district, and just a few blocks away from both the business district and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
OPUS Hotel Vancouver (322 Davie St.)
A pricer alternative is OPUS Hotel Vancouver. The 4.7-star hotel has rooms for $201/night.
Vancouver's only four-star boutique hotel as rated by Forbes Travel Guide 2014. Uniquely stylish and always fresh, OPUS Hotel Vancouver redefines the boutique hotel experience, blending contemporary design with warmth and intuitive service.
Top picks for dining and drinking
If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Vancouver has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.
Cafe Medina (780 Richards St.)
If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Cafe Medina, which has an average of five stars out of 16 reviews on Skyscanner.
"First off, do yourself a favor and throw your name on the wait list early," wrote visitor Julian. "The mood and setting of Medina is casual with a slight French touch. Our food was amazing!"
Cactus Club Cafe (1790 Beach Ave.)
If you're looking for a solid place to grab a drink, plan to visit Cactus Club Cafe.
"This hip and trendy bar sits right on the beach at English Bay," wrote reviewer Travis. "The staff are all young, beautiful and friendly. They have a big outdoor patio that is very popular, especially on a sunny day."
The Naam Restaurant (2724 Fourth Ave. West)
Also worth considering is The Naam Restaurant.
"Open all day every day. Yes, seriously The Naam is always open," wrote Zerlander. "Of course, it is so much more than that. The restaurant itself one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver."
What to see and do in Vancouver
Not sure what to do in Vancouver, besides eat and drink? Here are a couple recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
First up is Stanley Park.
With over eight million visitors each year, Stanley Park is one of Vancouver's top destinations for locals and tourists alike. The beautiful park is home to art events, acclaimed restaurants and world-famous landmarks like Prospect Point and the Nine O'Clock Gun. Lining Stanley Park is the seawall, a stretch of pavement next to Vancouver's waterfront that is popular for jogging, walking and skating.
"Just a lovely and massive park," wrote visitor Stephen. "You can bike, swim or just walk around and explore the bounties that nature has to offer, all under a backdrop of the city."
Granville Island Public Market (1669 Johnston St.)
Then, there's Granville Island Public Market.
If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the island’s crown.
"The Granville Public Market is a massive place, and you can find everything from a bar to slip into to fresh seafood to a butcher shop to old albums to whatever artistic venture beckons you," wrote visitor Stephen.