International travel doesn't necessarily mean long, expensive flights, foreign languages or the drawback of jetlag — Canada is relatively close by, after all. 

If you're looking to explore America's northern neighbor, consider Vancouver, British Columbia's bustling Pacific coast seaport. Mostly surrounded by mountains, Vancouver is one of Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities, boasting thriving art, theater and music scenes, not to mention a delicious food scene, closely tied to the region's bountiful seafood offerings.

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Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Austin and Vancouver in the next few months, including some top-rated hotel options and favorite local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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72 hours in Charleston Flight deals to Vancouver

The cheapest flights between Austin and Vancouver are if you leave on Jan. 9 and return from Canada on Jan. 12. Alaska Airlines currently has tickets for $290, roundtrip.

Alaska Airlines also has tickets at that price point in February. If you fly out of Austin on Feb. 1 and return from Vancouver on Feb. 5, Alaska Airlines can also get you there and back for $290, roundtrip.

Top Vancouver hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Vancouver's top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Drive)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Westin Bayshore. This luxury hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129/night.

The Westin Bayshore sits on Vancouver's seawall next to Stanley Park, conveniently within a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the downtown core, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place.

La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (845 Burrard St.)

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There's also the 4.7-star rated The La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, which has rooms for $140/night.

This luxury hotel is located in the center of Vancouver's shopping district, just a few blocks away from the business district and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The SameSun Backpacker Lodge (1018 Granville St.)

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If you're looking for an affordable place to stay, there's The SameSun Backpacker Lodge, which has 4.3 stars and rooms for $28/night.

This hostel is located in Vancouver’s pub district on Granville Street, within a 10-minute walk of attractions such as Pacific Centre Mall, Robson Street, Yaletown and the Canada Line and Skytrain. Several city buses stop outside, as well.

Top picks for dining and drinking

Vancouver has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (1535 Johnston St.)

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A notable dining destination is The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, with 4.8 stars from 21 reviews.

"If you are looking for fresh seafood, this place is a must," wrote Carlo. "I tried the seafood pot, amongst other things, and can highly recommend it. Enjoy!"

The Naam Restaurant (2724 Fourth Ave. West)

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Also worth considering is The Naam Restaurant.

"Open all day and everyday — yes, seriously, The Naam is always open," wrote Zerlander. "Of course, it is so much more than that. The restaurant itself [is] one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver. Eat there and you'll see why."

Oyama Sausage Co. (1689 Johnston St.)

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Finally, there's Oyama Sausage Co..

"Located at Granville Island Public Market, Oyama Sausage Company is the best place to get charcuterie in Vancouver, and arguably in all of the Pacific Northwest," wrote visitor Jon. "While they have salami, sausages and cheeses here, my favorite item to get is their pâté. They have the most varieties of pâté that I have seen anywhere."

What to see and do in Vancouver

Vancouver is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are a couple of popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Stanley Park (Vancouver)

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First up is Stanley Park.

Attracting more than 8 million visitors each year, Stanley Park is one of Vancouver's top destinations for locals and tourists alike, settled along the seawall on the city's waterfront. This beautiful park is known for hosting art events, acclaimed restaurants and world-famous landmarks, such as Prospect Point and the Nine O'Clock Gun.

"Just a lovely and massive park," wrote visitor Stephen. "You can bike, swim or just walk around, and explore the bounties that nature has to offer, all under a backdrop of the city."

Granville Island Public Market (1669 Johnston St.)

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Then, there's Granville Island Public Market.

A fascinating assortment of colorful stalls, Granville Island Public Market showcases unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights, all fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field.

"Granville Island is a wonder of Vancouver, whether your looking for something family-friendly, something romantic or something adventurous," wrote visitor Tom W. "Something not to be missed on your journey."

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