2 Great Fall Vacation Destinations: Vancouver & Las Vegas

With summer now behind us and the kids in school, it’s the ideal time to look at some great fall vacation destinations. Sure, the weather is becoming milder and your chances of a sunbath on a beach in North America are slim, but there are still several other vacation options that can provide you with a respite from your hectic life. Check out these two very different vacation options and find one that will help you achieve your vacation fix.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver was voted the third most livable city in the world based on factors ranging from access to health care, culture and education. The city of Vancouver has lots to offer such as the nightlife of the historic Yaletown district and Stanley Park, considered one of the best downtown recreational areas in North America. But what really sets the Pacific Northwest gem apart from the rest is its proximity to a medley of outdoor activities.

British Columbia boasts some of the best salmon fishing spots in the world, and there are many areas to make your big catch within reasonable distance from Vancouver. You can take a boat tour, or if you want to go out by yourself, make sure you obtain a boating license to avoid any issues with the Mounties.

Whistler is only a two-hour drive north from downtown and is home to some of the best skiing and snowboarding worldwide.

Other activities available to Vancouver vacationers include visits to:

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Victoria Island
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden


Las Vegas, Nevada

While you won’t find nearly the same amount of outdoor recreational activities in Las Vegas as you will in Vancouver, the City of Sin is anything but short of a good time. Vegas offers attractions and activities for all budgets. People from all walks of life can find entertainment that suits their tastes—from gambling in the casinos and shopping to attending the larger-than-life shows.

In Vegas, there’s no excuse not not dance the night away. For the up-all-night party goers, there is no shortage of nightlife activity. The biggest DJs from around the world flock to what is becoming the mecca for electronic dance music. Hakkasan opened last year to rave reviews and brings in the top talent from all over the world.

Crafted by a team of horticulturalists, the Bellagio’s 13,573-square-foot conservatory offers an excellent (and free) family-friendly attraction. The resort’s indoor garden area features elegant, elaborate arrangements of hundreds of plants and flowers arranged to fit an ever-changing theme.

Vegas offers world-class shopping, including the extravagant Canal Shoppes at the The Venetian, where visitors will find top designer brands and luxury goods. From the Forum Shops at Caesars to The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, shoppers of all ages and budgets will find something. Vegas is also home to renowned spas and shows such as Blue Man Group, Jabbawockeez, Mystère, VEGAS! The Show, and many others.

Other activities available to Las Vegas vacationers includes:

  • The Aquarium at the Mirage Hotel
  • Racing Exotic Cars
  • Golfing

About the Author: David Estoque is a music snob who wants to make the world a better place through sustainable initiatives. He’s worked in electrical engineering and digital marketing and covers a variety of topics in his freelance writing.