Destination guide

Explore Puget Sound from Kent

Located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma, Kent is a great base to explore the Puget Sound region. This family-friendly town boasts plenty of green spaces, lively nightlife and dining, and varied local shopping and entertainment. Despite these great local amenities and with Seattle just a 30-minute drive away, Kent vacation rentals offer very good value relative to other cities in the region. As well as Seattle’s Space Needle and Pike Place Market, several beautiful natural parks, and the wide, blue waters of the Puget Sound are all just a short drive away.

Things to do

Earthworks are art in Kent

Kent’s most famous landmark is the earthworks construction of Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer. Built in 1982 and located in Mill Creek Canyon public park, the earthworks combine public park, stormwater-dam, and Modernist masterpiece. Across the street, you can explore some of Kent’s local history at Kent Historical Society Museum at Emil W. Bereiter House, itself a designated county landmark. If you’re staying at your Kent vacation rental with kids, Kent’s Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of powerboat racing.

Activities

Discover downtown Kent

Kent has much to offer families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts. From here, you can bike or stroll in the town’s many public parks, or explore downtown’s restaurants, shopping, and local breweries. Puget Sound, the second largest estuary in the United States, is just a short drive away – making a boat trip a highlight of any Kent vacation. If you’re lucky, you might spot orcas, sea lions, sea otters, or harbor seals from the deck. Kent is also home to the Seattle Thunderbirds, so if you’re visiting during hockey season, head to the ShoWare center to catch a game.

Weather

A busy summer season in Kent

During the summer months, Kent’s Town Square Plaza is transformed into an open-air farmers’ market. Kent enjoys the best of the summer weather between June and September – these warm, dry months are perfect for exploring the regional parks, sailing on the Sound, or getting out in Kent’s great green public parks and riverside trails. The city’s annual Cornucopia Days festival in July brings delicious food, music, arts, and games to the city. By contrast, Kent winters do get cold – wrap up warm and explore the mouthwatering menus of the many locally-owned restaurants in the area.

Natural features

Beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery in Kent

To the east of Kent, the glacial peaks, and forested hillsides of Tiger Mountain State Forest, Squak Mountain State Park, and the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park are all within an hour’s drive of a Kent vacation rental. All offer scenic trails for hiking, biking, as well as climbing, and bird watching. Families and animal lovers will enjoy a visit to the Cougar Mountain Zoo to the north of the park. Further afield, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is a huge area of snow-capped mountains and flower-filled alpine meadows, equally popular for mountain-climbing and outdoor activities.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kent

Fly into Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), the closest airport, located 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Renton, WA (RNT-Renton Municipal), which is 6.7 mi (10.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kent?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,344 vacation rentals near Kent. From 876 Houses to 101 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kent for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Kent:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 847 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 331 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 886 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,484 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 792 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 Kent?

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

  • Kent Station: 2,091 vacation rentals
  • Meridian Valley Country Club: 1,769 vacation rentals
  • Hogan Park: 2,096 vacation rentals
  • Riverbend Golf Complex: 2,091 vacation rentals
  • Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum: 2,442 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 876 Houses in Kent. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kent include:

  • Cabins: 101 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 1,110 rentals available
  • Cottages: 101 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 Kent?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 194 vacation rentals with pool available in Kent. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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