Travel watch: Charlotte to Vancouver, and back again

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 Charlotte and Vancouver in the next few months, including some standout hotel options and beloved local attractions.

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Flight deals to Vancouver

Currently, the cheapest flights between Charlotte and Vancouver are if you leave on February 16 and return from Canada on February 20. United currently has tickets for $244, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in March. If you fly out of Charlotte on March 2 and return from Vancouver on March 5, LATAM Airlines Group can get you there and back for $306 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.

The luxury hotel is on Vancouver’'s seawall, next to Stanley Park and a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk to the downtown core. The Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place are a 10-15 minute walk away along the seawall. 

The La Grande Residence (845 Burrard St. at the Sutton Place Hotel)

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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. 

The SameSun Backpacker Lodge (1018 Granville St.)

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If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, there's The SameSun Backpacker Lodge. The 4.3-star hotel has rooms for $28/night.

The SameSun Backpacker Lodge is located in Vancouver’s pub district on Granville Street. Several city buses stop outside. Rooms consist of four-bed, six-bed and eight-bed dorms, as well as private rooms.

Local restaurant picks

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Vancouver's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Cafe Medina (780 Richards St.)

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One of Vancouver's most popular restaurants is 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!"

The Naam Restaurant (2724 Fourth Ave. West)

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Another popular dining destination is The Naam Restaurant, with 4.6 stars from 28 reviews.

"The restaurant itself is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver," wrote reviewer Zerlander. 

Cactus Club Cafe (1790 Beach Ave.)

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If you're looking for a solid place to grab a drink and a quick bite, plan to visit Cactus Club Cafe.

"This hip and trendy bar sits right on the beach at English Bay," wrote Travis. "The staff are all young, beautiful and friendly. They have a big outdoor patio that is very popular, especially on a sunny day."

What to see and do in Vancouver

To round out your trip, Vancouver offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are a couple of top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Stanley Park

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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.)

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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.