Destination guide

Enjoy nature on the Hood Canal

Snow-capped Olympic Mountains, crystalline waters, pebble-peppered coves, secluded beaches, and family campsites all ring the banks of Hood Canal, making it the real showcase of nature that Seattle natives say it is. Prepare to gasp as you enter its amphitheater of pine-studded peaks. Prepare to breathe deeply when you see orcas splashing in the icy fjords. Get ready for hiking trails that forge frame-worthy photographs wherever you point the lens; for lively fishing towns where microbreweries ooze a Pacific Northwest welcome; for dreamy Hood Canal vacation rentals where log fires crackle and gardens tumble down to meet the Puget Sound.

Things to do

High peaks and handsome towns on Hood Canal

Stop by pretty Union, a Forbes pick for one of America's prettiest towns, where the boat jetties look out to the rugged Olympic Mountains in the distance. Don't forget to visit Hoodsport, either – or better yet, get Hood Canal vacation rentals in Hoodsport. That's the place for SCUBA sessions and hearty local seafood shacks. There are other towns, too, like beach-fringed Lilliwaup, and Belfair, where regional Washington wines flow from the cellar doors. Of course, the national reserve of the Olympic Mountains is a must, its glaciers and shadowy forests a constant reminder of how wild this place really is.


Raw adventure on the Hood Canal

This untrodden land of arctic waters and rising mountains is tailor-made for adventurers. Wax up the walking boots, because hiking trails to the tips of Mount Ellinor and through the dense forests of the Mount Skokomish Wilderness are on the menu. Prep the waterproofs, too – whale watching excursions are known to throw up saltwater spray between glimpses of elegant orcas in the wild. Meanwhile, fly fishing, kayaking, SUP boarding, SCUBA diving, mountain flyovers, skydiving sessions, and more add oodles of other possible dimensions to that vacation on the water's edge.


Hood Canal changes with the seasons

You can expect a totally different vacation depending on what season you choose to book those Hood Canal vacation rentals. There's the icy winter in December, January, and February, when snow cakes the shorelines and ice floes crack along the banks – that's a great time to bag a cozy little timber lodge with a roaring real fire. Then there's spring in April and May, when the wildflower meadows and trails of the Olympic Mountains open in earnest. Summer is when most locals come, though, imbuing the microbreweries and beaches here with real life from June to September.

Natural features

Hood Canal has geography to take the breath away

There's something truly awesome about the great arena of peaks and snow-mantled summits that surrounds Hood Canal. They soar to the very tips of the Olympic National Park, which touts a UNESCO status for its old-growth bigleaf maples and hemlock woods. That vast wilderness also hosts hulking western red cedar trees, is carved out by colossal glaciers, and washed over by the occasional hot spring. Back on the Puget Sound, and Hood Canal has saltwater beaches, sea lions, and splashing orcas to boot.

Can I find a vacation rental around Hood Canal?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,038 vacation rentals near Hood Canal. From 643 Houses to 166 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hood Canal for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hood Canal?

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

  • Olympia: 183 vacation rentals
  • Olympic Peninsula: 4,564 vacation rentals
  • Olympic National Park: 328 vacation rentals
  • Puget Sound: 4,488 vacation rentals
  • Lake Cushman: 22 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Hood Canal! 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 Hood Canal?

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 Hood Canal:

  • Olympia: 183 rentals
  • Shelton: 232 rentals
  • Union: 167 rentals
  • Belfair: 352 rentals
  • Brinnon: 52 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hood Canal?

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

  • Potlatch State Park: 197 rentals
  • Twanoh State Park: 318 rentals
  • Jarrell Cove State Park: 467 rentals
  • Mason County Historical Society Museum: 249 rentals
  • Ridge Motorsport Park: 199 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hood Canal 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.