Destination guide

You're gonna like the Sound of this place

Tucked into Washington's northwestern coast and shielded from the Pacific Ocean by the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound is a charming little inlet belonging to the Salish Sea. While Seattle is the Sound's most popular resident, it also lays claim to about 170 islands, with the most prominent ones connected by the Washington State Ferries system. Picking a Puget Sound vacation rental can be overwhelming, but rest assured! You can't go wrong when every spot has something unique to offer. With a gourmet dining scene and stunning natural landscape, you'll feel at home no matter where you step off the ferry.

Things to do

Islands full of grape varietals and cultural varieties

There are a variety of parks and reserves scattered throughout the Puget Sound, well worth a visit for birders and nature enthusiasts. Seek out the Island County Historical Museum, the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, or the Vashon Allied Arts Center for cultural highlights. A ton of farmers' markets and farm-to-table restaurants dot the islands and surrounding cities, as do small, independently-owned wineries. Shoppers can easily find locally-made wares at the tiny boutiques on most islands, or take home a special souvenir from one of the many galleries.


Wine tasting and whale watching and water sports, oh my!

To pick the right spot in Puget Sound, you need to figure out your must-sees. Shop in the historic towns of Langley and Coupeville, or taste the locally grown wines, produce, seafood, and beef on Vashon, Bainbridge, or the San Juans. Take in Whidbey Island's stunning scenery and their world-renowned Penn Cove Mussels, or head to Bainbridge, which is arguably the most developed bit. Kayak around the islands, or hop on a bike for a self-guided cycling tour. If you're lucky, you might even find yourself a Puget Sound vacation rental primed for whale watching.


There's no reason rain should ruin your parade

Like Seattle, Puget Sound is known for moderate temps and high precipitation. But this doesn't get the locals down, and you shouldn't let any rain ruin your parade, either. Winters are cool, but mild, while summers are warm... yet mild! So no matter when you visit, pack a few extra layers and assume it'll rain. It'll make the warm, dry days of July and August even sweeter, and the cold, wet days of November through January feel like less of a shock. All the more reason to cozy up and enjoy the scenery from under a blanket!

Natural features

Wine drinkers are the ultimate nature lovers, really

Puget Sound's unique landscape makes for an interesting time exploring. If Seattle is your homebase, a handful of the islands are easy to visit by ferry, but there's no reason you shouldn't choose a Puget Sound vacation rental set away from it all. Each island offers something new, from whale watching and gorgeous state parks, to stunning campgrounds and a huge variety of wildlife. After days full of beachfront paths, hiking trails, and cycling routes, you'll be more than happy to put your feet up and enjoy a locally grown glass of wine.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Puget Sound

The nearest airport is in Seattle, WA (LKE-Lake Union), located 13.9 mi (22.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Seattle, WA (BFI-Boeing Field), which is 16.9 mi (27.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Seattle King Street Station, Edmonds Station and Everett Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Puget Sound by jumping on the metro at Seattle Center Monorail Station, Westlake Mercer St Station or Westlake Thomas St Station.

Where to stay around Puget Sound?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,478 vacation rentals near Puget Sound. From 2,217 Houses to 410 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Puget Sound for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Puget Sound?

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

  • Seattle: 2,475 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 31,126 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,127 vacation rentals
  • San Juan Islands: 562 vacation rentals
  • Whidbey Island: 794 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Puget Sound! 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 Puget Sound?

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 Puget Sound:

  • Seattle: 2,475 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,127 rentals
  • Bellingham: 318 rentals
  • Friday Harbor: 356 rentals
  • Bainbridge Island: 521 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 Puget Sound?

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

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 2,578 vacation rentals
  • Sequim, WA (SQV-Sequim Valley): 309 vacation rentals
  • Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base (LKE): 2,557 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 Puget Sound?

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

  • Seattle Center: 1,638 rentals
  • Lake Sammamish State Park: 2,301 rentals
  • Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal 91: 1,343 rentals
  • University of Washington: 1,503 rentals
  • Cama Beach State Park: 664 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Puget Sound 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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