Trying to figure out the best way to see the highlights of British Columbia  by looking at a map or flipping through this guidebook can be daunting. If all you have is one week, you must face reality: You’re not going to see it all. This itinerary balances a little bit of everything—the major cities, mountains, and the ocean—without putting a ridiculous amount of mileage on your vehicle.
Head north from Vancouver  airport and loop around Point Grey to the Museum of Anthropology , a wonderful introduction to the history of the Pacific Northwest. Duck through the old-growth forest behind the museum to get a feel for the city’s natural splendor. Check in to your hotel and take an evening stroll through Gastown .
Even if you hit Stanley Park  as the sun first rises, you’ll find that many locals have beaten you on their morning jog. Cross to the North Shore  and take the Grouse Mountain Skyride . Drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler . Spend the evening at your leisure exploring the resort village.
Today is a walking day, so leave your vehicle at your accommodation and make your way to the Inner Harbour . The Royal BC Museum  is a must-see, Market Square  and the surrounding streets are interesting to explore, and Barb’s Place  is perfect for lunch. Still hungry? Head to Oak Bay for afternoon tea.