Blend urban and rural adventures in Vancouver
Posted on Thursday 26 July 2012
in Summer, Vancouver
The world has turned its eyes to London as the Olympic Games begin again. But many past host cities still have plenty to offer travelers at less than Olympic costs. Located in Canada's British Columbia province, the city of Vancouver offers a wide variety of attractions for a traveler looking to blend a vibrant city life with fun outdoor activities.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
One of Vancouver's top attractions is the perfect activity for fans of adventure travel. Stretching 137 meters across the Capilano River, the Capilano Suspension Bridge rests at 70 meters above ground and has been crossed by millions of visitors since its construction in 1889.
The surrounding park has expanded into an attraction in its own right, with recent additions such as a cliffwalk, treetop bridge walk and guided nature tours. Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown with a Vancouver car rental, Capilano Suspension Bridge is a unique option for any traveler.
Parks and museums
Vancouver is a city that contains much more than just a blend of city and country - it also serves as an intersection between many different cultures and histories. Don't miss the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, which is the first of its kind outside of China and was initially designed to bridge the gap between the Chinese and Western cultures. This recreation of a Ming dynasty garden was voted as 2012's Garden of the Year by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council and National Geographic's Top City Garden.
Pair a visit to the garden with a stop at the Vancouver Aquarium or a horse-drawn tour through the beloved Stanley Park for a day that is both educational and enjoyable. On rainy days head inside to the Vancouver Art Museum or the Science Gallery to explore whole worlds of innovations that are sure to provide inspiration for any traveler.
Visitors looking to relax on their trips can look no further than a harbor cruise. With a range of options - from a public sunset dinner cruise to private charters and special events - the tours combine exclusive views of the coastal city with dinner and dancing. The opportunity to spend an evening on the Pacific Ocean, meeting other travelers and experiencing a one-of-a-kind night, is not one to miss.
Travelers looking to add some diversity to their holiday destinations will find Vancouver an ideal city for new adventures.
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