1) Vancouver, British Columbia
The coastal city of Vancouver is certainly not cheap to live in, but can be visited by travelers on a budget. The downtown is walkable, and there are many free attractions and outdoor activities, including taking in the gorgeous views on the Stanley Park Seawall. The city boasts 11 miles of beaches and several parks. The nearby mountain terrain is a haven for hikers and cyclists. Granville Island has been transformed from factories to trendy restaurants, shops, and galleries, but the savings come from stopping by the Public Market for a fresh cup of coffee and a reasonably-priced bite to eat. Being such an outdoor-oriented city, winter and summer are very popular, so spring and fall will likely bring better savings on lodging. Additionally, travelers can save by comparing the cost of flights into nearby Seattle versus flying directly into Vancouver, and by using public transportation instead of a car.
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