Kent, WA, USA

Kent, WA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.