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See a different side to The Emerald City in West Seattle

West Seattle might officially be part of the Seattle metro area, but the folk here like to do things a tad differently. With their own peninsula, a long history of pioneer settlers, sandy beachfronts around the Alki head, the bustling brew bars and pubs of the Junction, and a welcoming small-town feel, there's certainly plenty to like. What's more, West Seattle vacation rentals often come with lower price tags than their counterparts in the Downtown, not to mention sweeping views of Elliot Bay, access to private coves, or sprawling gardens for the kids to play in.

Things to do

West Seattle is washed over with Washington history

West Seattle vacation rentals close to the sandy beaches and dunes of Alki Point are actually some of the best placed for delving into the rich history of this corner of the Rain City. Rising out of Puget Sound and Elliot Bay, the headland is considered the place where Seattle's first settlers hit land back in the 1850s. It's also got the pretty Alki Point Lighthouse, and the popular Hamilton Viewpoint Park, where it's possible to enjoy sweeping panoramas of the Downtown's skyscrapers from the lawns.


Get busy in West Seattle

West Seattle's proximity to the ocean means you might not even have to hop aboard a boat to spot orcas and whale pods floundering the swells _ just hit the so-called Whale Trail lookouts with the binoculars in tow. After that, you can enjoy long seaside strolls and beachcombing sessions, or launch water taxi excursions to the heart of The Emerald City across Elliot Bay. And there's off-beat pursuits too _ Asian cooking classes, morning yoga sessions, bicycle tours _ the list goes on.


Watery winters and pleasant summers in West Seattle

Seattle isn't called the Rain City for nothing. Winters in this corner of the Pacific Northwest are some of the wettest in all of America, which means November, December, and January aren't the best times of year for organizing those boating trips across the Puget Sound. Much better is to search for West Seattle vacation rentals in the middle of summer and in fall, any time after June and before the end of September. That's when the rainfall subsides and daytime temperatures sit pleasantly up around 60.

Natural features

West Seattle spills into the Puget Sound

West Seattle sprawls out on the last headland of The Emerald City before the waters of the great Puget Sound take over. Peppered with whale pods and sea lions, they are a great place to come in search of rare Pacific wildlife. Beaches line the district, too, with the Alki Beach Park being the most popular _ think powdery golden sands and lapping waves. West Seattle is also one of the most convenient bases for exploring the wild and untrodden Olympic National Park, where the creaking Blue Glacier carves through the summits, Douglass-fir forests cascade down the peaks, and elk hide in the valleys.

How to get there

How to get to and around West Seattle

Fly into Seattle, WA (BFI-Boeing Field), the closest airport, located 4.3 mi (7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Seattle, WA (LKE-Lake Union), which is 5.7 mi (9.2 km) away.

Where to stay around West Seattle?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,535 vacation rentals near West Seattle. From 333 Houses to 991 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near West Seattle for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to West Seattle?

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

  • Seattle Waterfront: 852 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 339 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 895 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 811 vacation rentals
  • South Lake Union: 1,198 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to West Seattle?

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

  • Seacrest Park: 2,617 vacation rentals
  • Duwamish Head: 2,610 vacation rentals
  • Schmitz Park: 2,647 vacation rentals
  • Hamilton Viewpoint Park: 2,615 vacation rentals
  • Seacrest Marina: 2,617 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around West Seattle listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in West Seattle?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 333 Houses in West Seattle. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in West Seattle include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 991 rentals available
  • Cottages: 44 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 44 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in West Seattle?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 157 vacation rentals with pool available in West Seattle. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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