Earlier this year, after spending a day in Seattle, we drove up the coast up to Vancouver, BC for a few days. Our hotel was in a great location right on Robson st close to everything. The views weren't bad.
Vancouver is a beautiful modern city, full of great architecture such as the Vancouver Public Library which seems to draw some inspiration from the Colosseum.
The view from the top of Vancouver Lookout Tower gives great views of the bay and city below.
We took a day to drive further north up the coast near Whistler, making a stop at the Olympic park where the 2010 games were held.
The views on the drive along the coast were some of the best I've seen.