Escape from Raleigh to Vancouver on a budget

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By Hoodline - Published on August 30, 2019.

International travel doesn't necessarily mean long, expensive flights, foreign languages or the drawback of jetlag — Canada is fairly close by, after all.

If you're looking to explore America's northern neighbor, consider Vancouver, British Columbia's bustling Pacific coast seaport. Mostly surrounded by mountains, Vancouver is one of Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities, boasting thriving art, theater and music scenes, not to mention a delicious food scene, closely tied to the region's bountiful seafood offerings.

Whether you’re trying to escape in the near future or you’re looking to plan your travels around upcoming deals, take a look at these forthcoming flights between Raleigh and Vancouver, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in Vancouver to get you started on planning your ideal getaway. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Vancouver flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Raleigh and Vancouver are if you leave on Nov. 2 and return from Canada on Nov. 4. Alaska Airlines currently has tickets for $327, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in January. If you fly out of Raleigh on Jan. 8 and return from Vancouver on Jan. 12, Alaska Airlines can get you there and back for $337, roundtrip.

Top Vancouver hotels

To plan your stay, 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/night.

The Westin Bayshore sits on Vancouver's seawall next to Stanley Park, conveniently within a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the downtown core, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place.

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

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There's also the 4.7-star rated La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, which has rooms currently set at $140/night.

The Sutton Place is a luxury hotel located in the center of Vancouver's shopping district, just a few blocks away from the business district and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W. Georgia St.)

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A pricer alternative is The Rosewood Hotel Georgia. With a five-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $292/night.

Top picks for dining and drinking

Vancouver has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

Vij's Restaurant (3106 Cambie St.)

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One of Vancouver's most popular restaurants is Vij's Restaurant, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 33 reviews on Skyscanner.

"This is not your traditional Indian restaurant — it's modern and stylish, with dim lighting and cool music. But the food is out of this world," wrote visitor Travis. "The sauces were all so good, we literally were sweeping up every drop with our naan. Be warned — this place is very popular and does not take reservations."

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (1535 Johnston St.)

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Another popular dining destination is The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, with 4.8 stars from 21 reviews.

"If you are looking for fresh seafood, this place is a must," wrote reviewer Carlo. "I tried the seafood pot, amongst other things, and can highly recommend it. Enjoy!"

New Town Bakery & Restaurant (148 E. Pender St.)

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Also worth considering is New Town Bakery & Restaurant.

"The bakery has a lot of variety, from the classic pineapple buns and [barbecue] pork buns to taro or apple turnovers," wrote Laina. "They also have steamed buns and egg tarts, so grab a number from the counter and fill your tummy like they fill their buns!"

Top Vancouver attractions

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

Stanley Park 

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First up is Stanley Park.

Attracting more than 8 million visitors each year, Stanley Park is one of Vancouver's top destinations for locals and tourists alike, settled along the seawall on the city's waterfront. This beautiful park is known for hosting art events, acclaimed restaurants and world-famous landmarks, such as Prospect Point and the Nine O'Clock Gun.

"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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Granville Island Public Market is another popular destination.

A fascinating assortment of colorful stalls, Granville Island Public Market showcases unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights, all fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field.

"Granville Island is a wonder of Vancouver, whether your looking for something family-friendly, something romantic or something adventurous," wrote visitor Tom W. "Something not to be missed on your journey."

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