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Seattle To Vancouver, B.C.

We traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a wedding and did some sight seeing; total trip was six nights.

by lorettamillerAtlasGuru Contributor

North AmericaUnited States, Canada6 days / October 2019

Highs & Lows

Sea to Sky Highway Route

It rained a lot!

Itinerary Overview

We arrived at 3pm on Thursday afternoon and spent one night in Seattle.  Off to Vashon Island, WA for two nights and wedding festivities and then two nights in Vancouver, B.C.

  • 1 Night: Seattle
    We visited a friend in the city and did some sightseeing.
  • 2 Nights: Vashon Island
    Friend's wedding
  • 2 Nights: Vancouver
  • 1 Night: Whistler
    Just a daytrip!

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have planned more indoor activities for Vancouver. I was hopeful for good weather and did not have a backup plan for all day rain.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Pack good rain gear. Check banking policies about international charges and fees.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Ferry to Vashon required a little waiting but relatively easy to navigate. We had delicious snacks from the Pike Place Market. Border crossing wait to Canada was 15 min on Sunday evening and 5 min on Wednesday morning. So that was super easy.

  • Any standout moments?

    The wedding we attended was top notch and so much fun, that definitely stood out. Cleanliness of Vancouver was noted worthy and trip to Whistler was memorable.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Our plans went seemingly well with no hiccups.

  • Packing tips?

    Waterproof walking shoes. More warm clothes. Even in Seattle the weather was around 55 and still I needed layers and cozy clothes. Bring more shoes too! Heavy socks for every day would have been nice.

  • How was the food?

    Plum Bistro Seattle Miko Sushi Vancouver Forage Vancouver

  • Any surprises?

    We were surprised about the beautiful fall colors and the freshness of the air in Seattle. Other than that- no.

  • Booking details?

    Super satisfied with Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, super competitive rate, very nice hotel and they make "green efforts" (like options to skip cleaning, small compost bins in room, and large form toiletries to avoid plastic.) This impressed me. I used Booking. com. I also used Costco membership for rental car which was helpful in keeping the price down.