Flights And Sights

Flying To Vancouver With American Airlines

Hop onto an American Airlines flight to Vancouver to discover a bustling metropolis surrounded by mountains and sea. Explore the trails and coastline of Stanley Park and taste local wines, cheeses and chocolates on Granville Island when you fly to Vancouver with American Airlines.

Discover the artistry of the First Nations at the Museum of Anthropology.

Compare the massive Raven and the First Men statue, carved from blocks of cedar by virtuoso Bill Reid, with its image on the Canadian $20 bill. Spot eagles, orcas and bears gazing down from towering totem poles—and find them again in jewelry designs and handmade prints in the gift shop.

Hike or take a carriage ride through Stanley Park

A swath of urban forest surrounded on three sides by the Salish Sea. Dozens of strolling paths lead through the 1,000 acres of dense cedar and fir forest to lookout points over the glimmering green-blue sea. Check out the hand-carved totem poles at Brockton Point, a mere 20-minute walk from downtown.

Stroll from Jericho Beach to Kits Point for sunset.

Bring a volleyball or guitar and blend right in with the Vancouverites on two of the city's best beaches. At Kits Point, snap photos of the orange sunset reflected off downtown's gleaming skyscrapers. Turn inland to 4th Avenue, through boho-chic Kitsilano, and take your pick of dining options, from British Columbian bistros to organic vegetarian cafes.

Zip across False Creek on a tiny, rainbow-colored Aquabus to snack your way through the buzzing Granville Island Public Market.

From just-picked berries and homemade cheese to painted chocolates and exotic coffees, the Public Market sells delicious and locally made treats for the whole family. Enjoy a picnic from a front row bench on the dock, with Vancouver's skyline rising across the water.

Ski fresh powder on Grouse Mountain

Vancouver's nearest ski slope, accessible by bus from the city. The adventure starts with a cable car ride up the 3,642-ft. peak, looking down on skyscrapers and the sea. Skiers and snowboarders have nearly 30 runs to choose from. The famed Whistler resort, ski venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics, is just a two-hour drive from downtown.

Book your flight to Vancouver with American Airlines today to see some of Vancouver's best attractions.

More Things to Do in Vancouver

Travel off the beaten path with American Airlines to discover more things to do in Vancouver. Hang out with local families at the Vancouver Aquarium and Science World, follow the fashionistas to Yaletown and watch the sunset from tiny Steveston village. American is with you every step of the way.

Meet the resident sea life at the Vancouver Aquarium

Canada's largest aquarium. Get hands-on in Science World's sparkling geodesic dome. Watch white beluga whales glide past massive picture windows and follow neon-colored fish as they dart through coral in the aquarium. Your family can play with electricity, scramble through a beaver dam and catch an OMNIMAX movie in Science World at TELUS World of Science.

Get a tee time at the University Golf Club

Tucked into serene old growth forest in the University of British Columbia. A round of golf at this popular public course takes you down highly playable straight fairways bordered by giant evergreen pine trees. In spring, cherry blossoms bloom with delicate white and pink flowers over the tees and rolling green lawns.

Browse Gastown's galleries and boutiques

For traditional First Nations crafts and cutting-edge Canadian design, start at the corner of Cambie and Water streets, where the old-timey Steam Clock chimes and shoots steam every quarter hour. Hill's Native Art is the best gallery for native crafts, especially sculpture and woodwork. Vancouver designer John Fluevog sells his funky, coveted shoes in a glassed-in courtyard a few doors down.

Check into a spa by day and a martini lounge by night in fashionable Yaletown.

Vancouverites seek out day spas here for organic facials, pampering manicures and indulgent massages in between trips to trendy boutiques and lunch at the sidewalk cafes. We love how the old brick warehouses of this former railway neighborhood have been reinvented as chic restaurants—and later morph into cocktail bars.  

Try traditional Cantonese cuisine in Richmond and stroll the Steveston waterfront.

In Richmond, home to a sizeable Chinese population, you'll find authentic noodle shops and dim sum restaurants for brunch in the Golden Village. Hop on a bus to Steveston, a romantic fishing village on Vancouver's southern fringe. From Garry Point Park, the sun sets directly behind the Gulf Islands scattered out before you.

Book a flight to Vancouver, Canada with American Airlines today to discover more things to do in Vancouver.

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