Destination guide

Mountain hikes and cultural cities in Washington

Full of national parks and set along a rocky coastline, Washington is a wild and unspoiled state, where you can enjoy lots of outdoorsy activities. Stay in a Washington vacation rental, and you can enjoy summer hikes or snowy landscapes, or explore the windswept beaches along the coast. The cultural city of Seattle is at the heart of the state, with a thriving music and arts scene that gives it a slightly bohemian vibe. Enjoy world-class restaurants and a thriving food truck scene, before stopping off at the Original Starbucks in Seattle, where the city's influential coffee scene began.

Things to do

Explore the cultural side of Seattle

The lively city of Seattle has so much to see. If you're a first-time visitor, hop on the Space Needle and see 360-degree views of the city from 520-feet in the air. Booking a Washington vacation rental gives you time to explore attractions such as the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a park full of large-scale colorful glass sculptures. Visit at sunset when the sculptures are lit-up, giving the park a magical atmosphere. The Museum of Pop Culture is housed in an ultra-modern Frank Gehry-designed building, and includes exhibits about music, movies and sci-fi that make it fun for all ages.

Activities

Hike Washington's national parks

Washington has large areas of national parkland, with endless hiking trails and outdoor activities. Mount Rainier National Park is set around an active volcano, with winding rocky trails and wildflower-filled meadows reaching up to the peak. You can explore the narrow roads by car, taking you to the summit easily, so that you can enjoy the views. In winter, enjoy backcountry skiing or snowshoeing through the thick white powder. Olympic National Park has rocky rapids, hot springs and large areas of lush green forest. Fish for wild salmon or find a waterhole to cool off in wild surroundings.

Weather

Washington's east and west weather

Washington has 2 main climate zones, so weather varies throughout the state. The west tends to be cooler, with areas such as Seattle enjoying mild summers that hit the mid-60s, and cold winters in the low-40s. The rumor that it always rains in Seattle is partially true, with the risk of short showers year-round, but the most rainfall happens between November and January. Away from the coast, the east of Washington has hot, arid summers, and mild winters that can have a lot of rainfall, giving the area a climate that's warm and humid.

Natural features

Forests, beaches and national parks in Washington

Washington has vast areas of national parkland covering large parts of the state. The Wenatchee National Forest has glacial mountains, serene lakes and caves, as well as a dense assortment of evergreen trees where you can hike. Stay in a Washington vacation rental close to the park, and you can enjoy hiking and biking during the mild weather, or Nordic skiing through the trails in winter. Washington has many beaches, from sandy spots on Puget Sound to the rocky coastline surrounding the Olympic National Park, with small islands just off the coast, full of rare seabirds.

Where to stay around Washington?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,209 vacation rentals near Washington. From 1,440 Cabins to 4,397 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Washington for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Washington?

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

  • San Juan Islands: 695 vacation rentals
  • Seattle Waterfront: 677 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach: 153 vacation rentals
  • Port Angeles: 199 vacation rentals
  • Tacoma: 423 vacation rentals

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

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 Washington:

  • Long Beach: 153 rentals
  • Port Angeles: 199 rentals
  • Tacoma: 423 rentals
  • Spokane: 186 rentals
  • Port Townsend: 287 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 Washington?

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

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 2,380 vacation rentals
  • Sequim, WA (SQV-Sequim Valley): 307 vacation rentals
  • Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW): 43 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 Washington?

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

  • Seattle Center: 1,487 rentals
  • Ocean Shores Beach: 426 rentals
  • The Gorge Amphitheatre: 60 rentals
  • Coastal Intrepretive Center: 414 rentals
  • University of Washington: 1,362 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Washington 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.

Explore destinations around Washington

Long Beach
153 vacation rentals
Port Angeles
199 vacation rentals
Tacoma
423 vacation rentals
Spokane
186 vacation rentals
Port Townsend
287 vacation rentals
Chelan
630 vacation rentals
Olympia
164 vacation rentals
Vashon
1,529 vacation rentals
Bainbridge Island
566 vacation rentals
Sequim
301 vacation rentals
Vancouver
975 vacation rentals
Westport
200 vacation rentals
Gig Harbor
447 vacation rentals
Wenatchee
46 vacation rentals
Anacortes
142 vacation rentals
Camano Island
480 vacation rentals
Winthrop
86 vacation rentals
Bellevue
1,918 vacation rentals
Forks
401 vacation rentals
Manson
628 vacation rentals