Vancouver, Washington, is a beautiful city on the northern bank of the Columbia River. Though it's sometimes overshadowed by its larger neighbor to the south, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver is a happening city in its own right. In 2005, it even earned a spot on Money Magazine's 100 best places to live, an honor that it's proud to prove true.
Public transportation is a great way to get around Vancouver. The C-TRAN busses and vans take passengers throughout the city. Though there is no light rail service in Vancouver, there are express busses that can whisk Washingtonians across the bridge and into Portland, Oregon, just south of the river. The city is also easy to get around in by bike, and many residents choose this eco-friendly form of transportation rather than their cars, even on drizzly days.