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Renton is Washington's lakefront city with rock star looks

Famous as the final resting place of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, Renton is a Washington State city blessed with rock star looks. The Cedar River runs through the city's buzzy downtown, where you'll find a wealth of waterfront restaurants, bars, and shops. Get your Washington State trip off to a great start by booking a Renton vacation rental within easy reach of downtown. Take a cruise on Lake Washington, pick up a bargain in the Antiques District, or go hiking in the foothills of Cougar Mountain - Renton has a riff for everyone.

Things to do

Rock on! Renton pays homage to Hendrix

The charming lakefront city of Renton is a big draw for music fans. The Greenwood Memorial Park is the final resting place of rock legend, Jimi Hendrix, and thousands of fans come to pay homage at his impressive memorial. The Renton History Museum is one of the most striking museums in the city. Housed in an art deco firehouse, its varied displays and exhibits are a journey through Renton's long history. In the height of a Washington State summer, cool off in the Henry Moses Aquatic Center, a small water park with slides, a lazy river, and a wave machine.


River deep, mountain high - Renton's natural attractions

With its proximity to Lake Washington and the surrounding mountains - Cougar, Squak, and Tiger - Renton is a great outdoors destination. In the summer, score a birdie on 1 of city's golf courses, go kayaking down the Cedar River, or take a guided hike through the mountain parks. Book a Renton vacation rental in the heart of downtown and get your bearings with a cruise on Lake Washington. As the sun sets, kick back with a glass of local wine in the waterfront bars and restaurants, or take in a show in 1 of the city's theaters.


Renton's rain brings Purple Haze to Washington State

The Pacific Northwest region has a reputation for rain and in fall, locals joke that Renton should be named Rainton. The most popular season to visit the city is summer, between June and August, when the days are sunny and temperatures reach 80 degrees. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are much quieter, and while the temperatures are a comfortable 60-70 degrees, the city does experience higher rainfall than most. The low season is winter, when the cold and damp sets in, and snow is a frequent visitor, so pack wisely.

Natural features

Climb ev'ry mountain, or just Renton's craggy peaks

Located 11 miles southeast of Seattle, Renton overlooks Lake Washington and the mouth of the Cedar River. While there are dozens of scenic walking trails in the city's parks, serious hikers need to look to the mountains. A 20-minute drive northeast of downtown is Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. It has a variety of hiking trails through forests and wetlands, and past cliffs and caves, where you may meet the state's furry residents - black bear and bobcat. The park is also connected to Squak Mountain, whose craggy peaks and trails offer fantastic views of Seattle.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Renton

Fly into Renton, WA (RNT-Renton Municipal), the closest airport, located 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), which is 7.3 mi (11.7 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Tukwila Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Renton?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,337 vacation rentals near Renton. From 848 Houses to 1,117 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 Renton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Renton:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 822 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 337 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 860 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,477 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 795 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 Renton?

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

  • The Landing: 2,429 vacation rentals
  • Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: 2,431 vacation rentals
  • Renton Pavilion Event Center: 2,445 vacation rentals
  • Maplewood Golf Course: 2,344 vacation rentals
  • Virginia Mason Athletic Center: 2,449 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 848 Houses in Renton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Renton include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,117 rentals available
  • Cottages: 98 rentals available
  • Villas: 3 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Renton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 197 vacation rentals with pool available in Renton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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