The founders of Vancouver, WA, must have been real estate professionals, because they sure picked a prime location. Just across the Columbia River from Portland, OR, Vancouver is tucked perfectly between the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. One of the oldest settled locations on the west coast, the city has a history steeped in Native American traditions, pioneer spirit, and Pan-Pacific immigration. The geographic influence adds flavor to the local culture and attractions. Whether your quest for a pint of perfectly hoppy IPA, an impeccably complex bottle of merlot, or simply a quiet turn on a mountain stream brings you to this burg in the Pacific Northwest, downtown Vancouver hotels put it all within your grasp.
How to get around Vancouver without a car
While there is certainly something to be said for getting behind the wheel and heading out to explore the natural wonder surrounding Vancouver like Mount. St. Helens, Silver Star, and the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, the city is a great place to explore without a car. For many people who travel to Vancouver, downtown hotels like the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach are preferable because they put you within walking distance of so many restaurants, shops, and attractions. The Renaissance Trail along the Columbia River offers a welcomed opportunity to stretch your legs as you soak in the sights. If you are looking for a more strenuous trek, Mountain Falls rewards your hike with an awe-inspiring view of southern Washington. Then again, a leisurely stroll through Uptown Village takes you past a treasure trove of bistros, boutiques, and book stores.
Another popular method is to pedal your way around town on a bicycle from one of the many downtown Vancouver rental shops. Bike across the Columbia via two different bridges linking Vancouver and Portland. If you are staying at the Oxford Suites Portland - Jantzen Beach, this is a particularly convenient transportation option as the hotel is on an island between the two cities.
What is the weather like in Vancouver, Washington?
Much like the local culture, the weather in Vancouver is a melting pot of different experiences. In the summer months, you’ll enjoy temperatures in the upper 70s F with very little precipitation. From November through February, the temperature dips and the rainfall increases. With lows hovering around the freezing line, the chances of rain turning to snow begin to strengthen. Depending on when your travel plans are for, your outdoor activities can be heavily influenced by the weather. In the spring and summer, the hiking trails, Columbia River, and Pacific coast beckon to be explored. If you prefer to be at one with nature with a barrier of fresh powder, you can enjoy fall turn into winter at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. With so much to do and see, take advantage of any of the great deals for Vancouver on Travelocity and discover what the city has to offer, no matter the weather.