Destination guide

Surfers? Check. History nerds? Check. Wine lovers? CHECK!

Situated in northwest Washington and just across the Puget Sound from Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula boasts an exceptionally diverse terrain packed into a surprisingly compact geographic area. From mornings on the beach by the Pacific Ocean to afternoons spent hiking through the Olympic National Park, it's nearly impossible to guess where your day might take you. Thanks to plenty of local museums and historical sights, paired with a burgeoning wine region, we're not exaggerating when we tell you: you'll find something for everyone staying in your Olympic Peninsula vacation rental.

Things to do

The Olympic National Park? That's for the birds!

With over 40,000 acres, it's impossible to see all of Olympic National Park, but we dare you to try. Animal lovers will feel at home, particularly in the The Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Center, which features over 250 types of birds and a variety of animals. Culture vultures can leave the birders to their eagle-spotting and head indoors to the Jefferson Art & History Museum, or the Port Townsend Marine Science Centre and Natural History Museum. Visit the Rothschild House and learn about the former inhabitants, or explore the budding wine scene throughout the region.


Note to self: find out if surfers still say "hang ten"

Beach lovers, rest assured. You'll be well taken care of on the Olympic Peninsula... assuming you take your sunbathing with a side of adventure. Go sea kayaking, fishing, or sailing in the Pacific, or book a surf lesson and hang ten with the best of 'em. If that's not your speed, kayaking, hiking or cycling are also popular ways to see the sights. Speaking of sights, keep your eagle eyes peeled for primo bird-watching, and channel your inner explorer as your hunt for caves, look for waterfalls, or hunt for the perfect picnic spot.


There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear

Unlike the rest of Washington, winters in the Olympic Peninsula are known to be mild, with an average high hovering around 45-50F. Summers are pleasant, with the mercury usually settling in between 60 and 70F. May through September is comparatively dry, with bright summer days rolling seamlessly into colorful fall afternoons. Rain can always be expected, even if it doesn't last too long, and October through April brings the wettest weather - it's probably best not to leave your rainboots and umbrella in your Olympic Peninsula vacation rental.

Natural features

From sunrise over the mountains to sunset on the beach

With Olympic Pensinsula's unique location, you can kickstart your day with sunrise over the mountains, and end it with sunset on the beach. Fill the time in between looking for wildflowers in the national park, or hunting for the best lake to take a dip. Birders should keep their eyes peeled for eagles soaring through the sky or nesting high above, while others may be more interested in spying on the deer that populate the area. Cap it off with an Olympic Peninsula vacation rental with a view, and wonder if you really have to leave.

Where to stay around Olympic Peninsula?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,564 vacation rentals near Olympic Peninsula. From 466 Cabins to 2,323 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Olympic Peninsula for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Olympic Peninsula?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Olympic Peninsula. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Seattle: 2,475 vacation rentals
  • Sooke: 960 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 31,126 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,127 vacation rentals
  • San Juan Islands: 562 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Olympic Peninsula! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Olympic Peninsula?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Olympic Peninsula:

  • Seattle: 2,475 rentals
  • Sooke: 960 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,127 rentals
  • Ocean Shores: 534 rentals
  • Bellingham: 318 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Olympic Peninsula?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Olympic Peninsula are:

  • Sequim, WA (SQV-Sequim Valley): 309 vacation rentals
  • Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base (LKE): 2,557 vacation rentals
  • Poulsbo, WA (PUL): 2,124 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Olympic Peninsula?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Olympic Peninsula. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocean Shores Beach: 584 rentals
  • Coastal Intrepretive Center: 565 rentals
  • Seattle Center: 1,638 rentals
  • Ruby Beach: 29 rentals
  • Victoria Harbour: 1,099 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Olympic Peninsula listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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