Originally Posted by pEte fiSt iN Ur fAce
I'll be visiting Vancouver for the first time in about a month and would really appreciate some ideas of things to do and a decent mid-range hotel somewhere downtown.
I look forward to your suggestions. Can't wait to see Van city!
Well let me welcome you to Vancouver in advance then!
What to see depends on what you like
I am going to tell you this right now, allocate a large portion of your budget for food, Vancouver is a food city, we have an amazing selection and the quality is fantastic. If you want a list of good restaurants that are not too pricey, ask me and I will provide you with some of my favorites (warning, most of my favorites are Japanese, Chinese and Korean).
Areas you have to go to though are to Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, English Bay (best on a sunny day), Granville Island, and of course venture down Robson, Denman, Davie and Granville streets. Be sure to also check out Yaletown, Queen Elizabeth Park and Gastown.
I also recommend that you ride along the skytrain and get a view of the burbs. Downtown New Westminster is a must stop IMO if you like historical districts, if you like shopping be sure to stop in Metrotown (there is some good food along Kingsway in the area as well, including my favorite Korean restaurant) and downtown Richmond, where my favorite sushi place is.
There are many more things I can recommend, all depends if you want to see big trees, good views, hiking, etc...