I would recommend Vancouver because it has the most to be seen, although I can't say anything on Anchorage. You can find decent rates in Vancouver and there's plenty to be seen, and you don't need to drive. Our transit system is pretty solid. If you plan to go to Victoria, you should plan to either rent a car or prepare for a long transit ride. Also count in the ferry fare to get there.
As for Vancouver itself, there's a loooot to do. You can rent bikes and explore the city. You can ride around Stanley Park and enjoy the view. If you're more active, you can do the Grouse Grind, which is a nice hiking challenge. You can go to the UBC campus which is a little city in itself. Go up to Whistler to experience the village and see the view, although in the summer there's nothing in terms of skiing and such. Gastown and Yaletown have some good clubs. There's a lot of shopping around Robson and a TON of great restaurants if you want some good food. :) And neeeever forget the beaches.
If you're into it, there's a lot of camping sites just outside. And, with a few hours' drive out of the city, there are a lot of amazing camping resorts you can check out, like Manning Park. You can really see the beauty of BC there.
It all depends on what you're looking for in your vacation, but as a student I can tell you that there's a lot of great options if you play it smart.
Posted Jun 06, 2011