Tourism Information

Tourism Information

Tourism Vancouver < https://www.tourismvancouver.com/>

Tourism Vancouver provides information on local attractions and promotes special deals for travelers who are looking to get the most out of their Vancouver visit.

Local Attractions

These are only a few of the Vancouver-area attractions, generally selected to be within a fairly reasonable walking distance.

Stanley Park <http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx>

1.7 km (1.1 mi.) from the hotel, about a 21-minute walk

Covering 1,000 acres in the heart of Vancouver, Stanley Park is filled with plenty of activities and attractions for guests of Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Stanley Park is the largest city-owned park in Canada, third largest in North America, and has been ranked by The Project for Public Spaces as the sixteenth best park in the world, and sixth best in North America.

Some of the major things to see and do in the park include:

The Seawall – at 5.5 miles (8.8km), the seawall is one of the most popular spots for walking, jogging and biking. Bikes and rollerblades can be rented at various locations around the city, including just outside the park on Georgia Street

Monuments and Statues – The park has many plaques, statues and remembrance sights, saluting famous people and historic events

Totem Poles – one of the most popular tourist attractions, this collection of totem poles can be viewed at Brockton Oval.

Miniature Train – travel through the forest by train, on a trail that cover 1.25 miles

Vancouver Aquarium< http://www.vanaqua.org/> – explore Canada’s largest aquarium, with over 166 aquatic displays featuring more than 70,000 water animals. In addition to regular exhibits, the aquarium offers special programs including Beluga Encounters, Sleepovers, Kids Camps and more.

Gardens – are an important part of Stanley Park’s green space. Scattered around the park are gardens including the Community Garden, Ornamental Plantings, Prospect Point Carpet Bedding, Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, and the most well-known of the gardens, the Rose and Perennial Beds.

Robson Street: Vancouver’s Dynamic Shopping Destination

0.5 km (0.3 mi.) from the hotel, about a 7-minute walk

Discover three blocks of upscale shopping and exciting fashions in the heart of Downtown Vancouver on Robson Street <https://www.robsonstreet.ca/>. Located just four blocks from the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, this open-air promenade is home to celebrated restaurants and a vibrant café culture for cool people watching.

The Orpheum <http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/the-orpheum.aspx>

0.9 km (0.6 mi.) from the hotel, about an 11-minute walk

The Orpheum at 601 Smithe Street is one the most beautiful concert halls in North America. Built in 1927 and refurbished in 2009, the 2,600-seat Orpheum is a designated National Heritage Site.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre <http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-theatre.aspx>

0.9 km (0.6 mi.) from the hotel, about an 12 minute walk

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 650 Hamilton St in downtown Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest proscenium theatres with 2,765 seats. Refurbished in 2009, the theatre hosts opera, Broadway, music, presentations, and a broad spectrum of entertainment shows.

Gastown <http://gastown.org/>

1.4 km (0.9 mi.) from the hotel, about a 17-minute walk

The site where Vancouver was founded in 1867, this legendary area was named for the verbose saloon owner Jack Deighton, whose need to talk non-stop earned him the nickname “Gassy.” This charming section of the city is now filled with shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and many historic sites along its cobblestone streets, including the world’s first Steam Clock, Victorian architecture, Lamplighter Pub (the first Vancouver establishment to serve alcohol to women), Bloody Alley, Goaler’s Mews, and many other fascinating places.

Chinatown <http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/>

1.0 km (0.6 mi.) from the hotel, about a 13-minute walk

One of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Vancouver’s Chinatown chronicles the heritage of one of the area’s most prominent ethnic groups. Wander through fascinating shops offering traditional herbal medicines, fine silks or intriguing culinary ingredients. View the many historic and significant structures, including the Millennium Gate, The Sam Kee Building (the world’s thinnest building), West Han Dynasty Bell, and Historic Alley.

Granville Island <http://granvilleisland.com/>

2.2 km (1.4 mi.) from the hotel, about a 26-minute walk

Once a derelict industrial park, Vancouver, British Columbia’s Granville Island is now a thriving shopping and entertainment Mecca for both locals and tourists. Visit the public market to enjoy the freshest foods and live entertainers, and browse galleries offering everything from fine art and pottery to jewelry and furniture. Plus, do a taste-test at the brewery, dine in any number of restaurants or take in a show.

Grouse Mountain <https://www.grousemountain.com/>

11.9 km (7.4 mi.) from the hotel, about 21-minutes via auto transportation

This year-round attraction is one of Vancouver’s most popular, with magnificent vistas and incredible adventure opportunities. Ride the Skyway up one mile on North America’s longest aerial tramway to begin your trip. Once at the peak, you can participate in any number of activities, including hiking, trail-running, paragliding, skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating, even helicopter tours and sleigh rides. Explore nature through the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and Birds in Motion. There are plenty of dining choices, ranging from fine dining to casual cafes, as well as shopping.

Capilano Suspension Bridge <https://www.capbridge.com/>
8.4 km (5.2 mi.) from the hotel, about 17-minutes via auto transportation

Since 1889, millions of visitors have crossed this bridge, rising 230 feet in the air and spanning 450 feet across the Capilano River. Originally created of hemp rope and cedar blanks, today’s modern bridge is comprised of reinforced steel housed in tons of cement. Cross the bridge to explore the park, travel from tree to tree in the thrilling Treetops Adventure, learn about the area’s aboriginal people at the First Nations Cultural Center, and then enjoy dining and shopping.

Science World at TELUS World of Science <https://www.scienceworld.ca/>

2.3 km (1.4 mi.) from the hotel, about a 30-minute walk

This hands-on, self-directed museum in Vancouver, British Columbia is a fun and interesting way for children and their parents to discover the wonders of the world. Permanent exhibits include BodyWorks Gallery, The Mitchell Odyssey Foundation: Eureka, Illusions, Kidspace Gallery, Our World Gallery and The Stern Gallery: Search.

H.R. MacMillan Space Center http://www.spacecentre.ca/
2.8 km (1.7 mi.) from the hotel, about a 36-minute walk

The universe is waiting for you at this fascinating Vancouver, British Columbia museum. Travel through space in the Virtual Voyages™ simulator, enjoy multimedia shows and demonstrations in the Planetarium. Hands-on exhibits, computer simulations and artifacts let you experience firsthand.

Vancouver Art Gallery <http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/>

0.3 km (0.2 mi.) from the hotel, about a 4- minute walk

The largest art gallery in Western Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery features more than 7,900 works in its collection, ranging from historical masters to today’s artists. The gallery is internationally recognized for its collection of works by Emily Carr, as well as for one of the most comprehensive photo-based collections in North America.

Museum of Vancouver <http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/>
2.9 km (1.8 mi.) from the hotel, about a 36-minute walk

The Vancouver Museum’s eclectic collection of many thousands of artifacts, specimens and treasures covers areas as diverse as the history of Vancouver, the story of Vancouver’s Aboriginal population, the Pacific Rim, and tales from around the globe.

Vancouver Maritime Museum <https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/>
3.0 km (1.9 mi.) from the hotel, about a 39-minute walk

The history and traditions of the Pacific Coast come to life in this must-visit Vancouver, British Columbia museum. A fun and educational experience for guests of all ages, the museum features collections and exhibitions that include artifacts from ships, artwork, books, and paintings.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden <http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/>
1.6 km (1.0 mi.) from the hotel, about a 20-minute walk

The first, full-scale Classical Chinese Garden built outside China, this exquisite respite in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia was created based on the harmony of the four main elements: water, rocks, plants, and architecture. All components of the garden were selected from nature or hand-built by skilled artisans in China.

VanDusen Botanical Garden <http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vandusen-botanical-garden.aspx>
6.6 km (4.1 mi.) from the hotel, about 15-minutes via auto transportation

More than 7,500 plants representing six continents landscaped into 40 beautiful gardens are at the heart of this Vancouver attraction where sculptures dot the grounds. In addition, visitors will discover Master Gardener classes, tours, a garden shop, and a restaurant.

 

Other Tourism Resources

Traveling to the area? Check out the following organizations, which provide up-to-date information for all your travelling needs.

Tourism Whistler <https://www.whistler.com/>

Tourism Whistler provides a one-stop shop for visitors to Canada’s iconic Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.

Tourism Richmond <https://www.visitrichmondbc.com/>

Tourism Richmond is the best place to start for visitors who are travelling to BC’s fourth largest city—a community with mountain vistas, waterfront sunsets and vibrant urban living.

Destination British Columbia <http://www.destinationbc.ca/>

Destination British Columbia provides travel-planning resources for visitors looking to get the most out of their trip.

Destination Canada <https://www.destinationcanada.com/en>

Destination Canada promotes Canada’s extraordinary experiences worldwide, providing travel guides, information and special offers.

Vancouver Attractions Group <http://www.vancouverattractions.com/>

The Vancouver Attractions Group promotes Vancouver’s attractions and activities through a group of 18 regional attractions, offering savings up to 35 per cent.

 

 

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DC Cool. The nation’s capital, unique and original, has long been known as the center of American politics, nicknamed “The Federal City.” But it is also an exciting and vibrant city that mixes historic and iconic buildings, monuments, and museums with modern restaurants, art, and events. The city’s character reminds visitors of the past—and represents the future.For more information, the official tourism site for DC, http://washington.org/offers a ton of itineraries and ideas for dining, shopping, and attractions. Best of all, most of these popular tourist sites are free, making them accessible to all. Below are a few highlights not to be missed.The National Mallstretches two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument in between. Its tree-lined paths are bordered by museums and federal buildings. Whether headed inside to one of the bordering museums, and or just looking for a beautiful place to stroll among historic sites and memorials, “the Mall” is a must-see for visitors and locals alike.Memorials on or near the Mall: A number of monuments and memorials located on or next to the Mall are outdoor, accessible, and free. The iconic Washington Monument, in the middle of the Mall, recently reopened after experiencing damage from an earthquake in 2011. Just west of the Washington Monument is the National World War II Memorial, with a central plaza and “Rainbow Pool.”Just across Constitution Avenue north of the Washington Monument is the Ellipse, a park in front of the White House. Locals can often be seen using the Ellipse’s paths and grand public lawn for walking, jogging, and playing ultimate Frisbee or kickball.                                                            

Beyond the WWII Memorial on the mall is the Reflecting Pool, at the end of which is the Lincoln Memorial. Flanking the Reflecting Pool are the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the north and the Korean War Veterans Memorial to the south.

South of the Lincoln Memorial, visitors enjoy paddle boating around the Tidal Basin, home to the Jefferson Memorial, the often-overlooked but impressive Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, adjacent to which sits the city’s newest memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The basin itself is lined with the city’s famous cherry blossom trees, which won’t be blooming in November but nonetheless create a picturesque area to explore.
                                                              

Museums on the Mall: The Mall is also home to a number of Smithsonian museums, which are free to the public. The most popular of the Smithsonian museums are the Air and Space Museum, American Indian Museum, American History Museum, National Museum of Natural History, the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshorn Museum (modern art). Both art museums also host sculpture gardens on the Mall.

Museums off the Mall: Just a short walk up 7th Street NW from the Mall, at the Gallery Place Metro Stop (red line), are the National Portrait Gallery (free), and the International Spy Museum, which offers visitors the chance to attend spy school and learn the truth behind spy shows like The Americans (admission fee). Across Pennsylvania Avenue from the National Gallery of Art sits the modern Newseum, where visitors are immersed in the past and present of news media and can see an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall (admission fee).

National Zoo: Also part of the Smithsonian is the impressive National Zoo, where its most famous residents are the Giant Pandas, Washington, D.C.’s unofficial mascots. The zoo is free and accessible on the Metro red line. The eclectic Cleveland Park neighborhood north of the zoo offers a number of unique dining options, while a short trip south zoo takes you to Adams Morgan, a center of night life for the city’s young and young-at-heart.

Georgetown: This upscale and famous—yet quaint—D.C. neighborhood is not directly accessible by Metro rail but is worth the short walk from Foggy Bottom (Metro orange line) or reachable by Circulator bus. The hustle and bustle of upscale shops and restaurants abounds on M Street and Wisconsin Ave in the heart of Georgetown but a more relaxed feel greets visitors who walk, dine and take in views of Arlington and the Kennedy Center along the Potomac River, the southern border of the neighborhood.

Leaf peeping:  Fall foliage in the Washington area typically hits peak color in late October and early November. Rock Creek Park (an expansive greenway that cuts through center of the city, with numerous paved trails), the National Mall, and the Tidal Basin all offer walkable opportunities to take in gorgeous autumn colors inside the city.

                                                            

Exploring close to Bethesda: Bethesda and the area around the hotel are most known for shopping and dining. Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema is an art house theater showing indie, foreign, and mainstream films and the Roundhouse Theater hosts professional live productions. Other interesting landmarks located within several miles of the conference hotel include the striking Gothic-style Washington National Cathedral, protected by its many gargoyles, on Wisconsin Ave (admission fee for sightseeing) and the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, the impressive former home of Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post (suggested donation).

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