Destination guide

Vancouver: On the very edge of Washington State

Looking across the wide Columbia River to the northern fringes of Portland, Vancouver is a pretty gateway to the Pacific Northwest. With the Cascade Range looming on one horizon and the Douglas-fir forests of Oregon spreading out along the West Coast on the other, there's certainly plenty to be said for the town's location. Add to that a medley of timber-built fortresses dating back to the days of old trappers in the Wild West, and a chocolate-box town center where Victorian facades mingle with boho breweries, and it's easy to see why Vancouver vacation rentals could be choice for you this season.

Things to do

Forts, forests, and fantastic architecture in Vancouver

Every tour of Vancouver should begin between the handsome homes of so-called Officer's Row, the Antebellum-esque Ulysses S Grant House, and all the other elegant Georgian-Victorian buildings still adorning the Downtown streets. From there, you can go further into American history with a trip to the replica Fort Vancouver, which has army barracks and pioneer huts. Alternatively, you could look for Vancouver vacation rentals near the Columbia River, where the Waterfront Renaissance Trail offers picnic spots, and the art galleries, and beer bars of Portland are just across the water.

Activities

Mixing the great outdoors with city life in Vancouver

Vancouver is a maestro when it comes to fusing the outdoors with the city. Main Street comes with its own tequila joints and Pacific seafood eateries, which soon give way to fascinating National Historic Sites where it's possible to trace the story of old frontiersmen. Keep going and you'll quickly leave behind the town altogether, either in the direction of Portland's famous beer bars, or out to where the Columbia River weaves into the snow-capped Cascades. Then, it’s all about waxing up the walking boots and hitting the fir-shrouded trails.

Weather

The summertime sun sizzles in Vancouver

If you don't intend on packing the thermals and donning your winter gear while touring the timber forts and old mansions of Vancouver then it might be a good idea to join the bulk of the visitors here in the summertime. Lasting roughly from late May to August, it's filled with bright, dry, sunny days – perfect for sipping craft beers on Main Street and relaxing on the edge of the Columbia River. Alternatively, October still has temperatures in the 60s, and means dodging the crowds and higher rates when it comes to Vancouver vacation rentals.

Natural features

Between the mountains and the sea

Like its Canadian namesake, Washington's Vancouver is shrouded by snow-topped peaks. These soar with the spiked tips of the Cascade Range, leveling out immediately to the west of the city with the spruce-covered dome of Mount Hood. Here, 12 hulking glaciers carve through the mountains, giving rise to popular ski fields like the one at Timberline Lodge. There are also famous walking trails and lookouts to conquer in these parts, from the Pacific Crest to the Timberline Trail to Flag Point, which occur in forests and fern thickets where black-tailed deer meet mountain lions and ospreys.

How to get there

How to get to and around Vancouver

The nearest airport is in Portland, OR (PDX-Portland Intl.), located 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from the city center.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Vancouver Station.

Where to stay around Vancouver?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 424 vacation rentals near Vancouver. From 203 Houses to 92 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vancouver for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Vancouver?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vancouver:

  • Lincoln: 16 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 153 vacation rentals
  • Pearl District: 96 vacation rentals
  • Nob Hill: 48 vacation rentals
  • Sellwood-Moreland: 20 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Vancouver?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Vancouver. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vancouver Lake Park: 604 vacation rentals
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: 655 vacation rentals
  • Washington State University Vancouver: 501 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver Mall: 627 vacation rentals
  • Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital: 503 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vancouver listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Vancouver?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 203 Houses in Vancouver. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Vancouver include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 92 rentals available
  • Studios: 92 rentals available
  • Cabins: 20 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Vancouver?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 29 vacation rentals with pool available in Vancouver. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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