Hi everyone-My 14yo son and I are taking a trip to Vancouver for the first time. I was hoping to get some suggestions about a few things:
1 What part of the city to stay in-I don't feel the need to stay downtown, I read that staying on the West Side feels similar to staying in a neighborhood which sounds more appealing than being downtown. What about staying on the East Side? We're used to being in funky/ethnic type of neighborhoods so I'm O.K. with being somewhere that's relatively hip as long as it's safe. My one requirement for a hotel is somewhere that has a balcony as I would love to sit outside and enjoy the weather at night.
2. Should we rent a car for the whole time we're there? I haven't planned out an itinerary yet but I imagine we'll do a day trip to somewhere outside the city.
3. Would you recommend I exchange my american money in the states or when we get to Vancouver?
4. Is there a website that's good for listing things off the beaten path in Vancouver?
Thanks for your help,