I am staying with a friend in Seattle at the end of August, but would like to arrive early and spend a few days elsewhere solo.. At first I thought about Portland, but I'd prefer other (less city) parts of Oregon, and don't really like driving. So now I am considering Vancouver. I can fly into Vancouver from NY and stay there a few days. And then find my way (amtrack it seems is best option) to Seattle. Any thoughts about that? I do not want to rent a car (I hate driving), so I'm wondering if I will be able to do activities in/near Vancouver without a car. I'm a 38 yr old female, and love the outdoors, hiking, biking (not very good), kayaking, rafting, beaches, and anything that's hands on and experiential (versus history tours, etc- not really into that). I know I can go to Whistler from Vancouver, but not sure without a car. Do you think if I found a hotel in Vancouver they might have some excursions that I could sign up for (bus picks you up, etc.) that are worthwhile and nearby? Any thoughts are appreciated!