Destination guide

Get to know Monroe

Just 30 miles from Seattle, Monroe is worlds apart from its bustling, cosmopolitan neighbor. Known for its sprawling open spaces and colorful history, Monroe’s storied downtown is home to mom-and-pop shops and local eateries. A short drive from a number of state and national forests, you’ll have easy access to the nearby Cascade Mountains all year round. You can also explore the Evergreen State Fair, an annual 12-day celebration in late August/early September that draws more than 330,000 visitors from across the state. With a Monroe vacation rental, you’ll be close to local landmarks like the Snohomish County Centennial Trail and the Reptile Zoo.

Things to do

Monroe – see you later, alligator

Monroe is home to a bounty of green space, but none quite like Lord Hill Regional Park. A popular destination for families, you’ll discover 1,463 acres of trails for hiking, cycling, and even horseback riding, as well as wildlife habitat and unforgettable panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains the Snohomish River Valley. True wildlife lovers can get an even closer look at some of the local species at the Reptile Zoo, a local landmark that’s home to an albino alligator and a 2-headed turtle, as well as snakes, lizards, and other scaly beasties.


Monroe – ain’t no mountain high enough

Regardless of the season, outdoorsy types from all over flock to the nearby Cascade Mountains for its sprawling hiking trails and scenic views. It’s also home to a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail, a rugged 2,659-mile path that runs from Mexico to Canada. The Snohomish County Centennial Trail is also a popular destination, where you can stroll 29 miles of hiking and biking paths along abandoned rail lines in the surrounding Northwest wilderness. Your Monroe vacation rental will put the region’s natural beauty right outside your door.


Monroe weather – take a walk on the mild side

Monroe has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, which means you're not likely to freeze in the winter, or bake in the summer. Average highs are in the 70s from June to September, which also tend to be Monroe’s driest months. Spring and fall are crisp, with highs in the 50s and 60s, and lows around 40 degrees. Winters tend to be on the mild side – highs from December to February are in the 40s, but lows rarely dip below freezing. While Monroe gets some snow, it’s not a major draw, so you can usually snag a deal on a Monroe vacation rental during the winter months.

Natural features

Monroe – a river runs through it

Monroe lies within the Snohomish River Valley, near the confluence of the Snohomish and Skykomish rivers. Local preserves like Lord Hill Regional Park offer a wide array of ecosystems, and the area’s many forests, ponds, rivers, and meadows provided habitat for numerous species – on a given day, you might see beavers, salmon, or any of the region’s 200 species of migratory birds. Farther east, the 14,000-foot peaks of the Cascade Mountains offer thrilling alpine hiking, along with evergreen forests, and panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Monroe

The nearest airport is in Everett, WA (PAE-Snohomish County - Paine Field), located 14.7 mi (23.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Kenmore, WA (KEH-Kenmore Air Harbor), which is 14.9 mi (24 km) away.

Where to stay around Monroe?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 161 vacation rentals near Monroe. From 90 Houses to 24 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Monroe for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Monroe?

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 Monroe:

  • Northwest Bellevue: 24 vacation rentals
  • Inglewood-Finn Hill: 20 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Bellevue: 19 vacation rentals
  • West Bellevue: 20 vacation rentals
  • Lakeview: 16 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 Monroe?

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

  • Evergreen Speedway: 423 vacation rentals
  • Evergreen State Fairgrounds: 423 vacation rentals
  • University of Washington: 1,331 vacation rentals
  • Lake Sammamish State Park: 2,040 vacation rentals
  • Seattle University: 1,356 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Monroe 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 Monroe?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 90 Houses in Monroe. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Monroe include:

  • Cabins: 24 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 24 rentals available
  • Cottages: 24 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Monroe?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8 vacation rentals with pool available in Monroe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.