Issaquah, WA, USA

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Issaquah, WA, USA

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Issaquah is a taster of the Washington wilds

Tucked between the Cougar, Squak, and Tiger mountains on the southern corner of Lake Sammamish, Issaquah vacation rentals are your chance to sample the wilds of Washington State without having to trade in all those city comforts. You can bag yourself lakefront lodges with wide decks and sprawling gardens, or just go for a comfy family home with modern kitchen-diners and room for the whole clan. The upshot is a trio of beautiful state parks right on the doorstep, enthralling regional salmon festivals, and access to the big city delights of Seattle to the west.

Issaquah offers plenty of hiking routes

If you've booked an Issaquah vacation rental for October, then you get to enjoy the big Issaquah Salmon Days festivities of the fall. With carnival parades and local live music shows, it's all about celebrating the return of Washington's most iconic river fish to the creeks. For visitors during the rest of the year, there's hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing in the lakes, and the ever-enticing opportunity to make an excursion to Seattle – think Space Needles and grunge tours aplenty.

State parks aplenty around Issaquah

No matter where you bag those Issaquah vacation rentals, you're never going to be too far from one of WA's wild state parks. You could start on the lowlands, where the Lake Sammamish State Park offers pretty lakefront beaches and family picnic spots. Then, you could head up to Squak Mountain, where old-growth forests hide crumbling logging cabins from centuries gone by. Poo Poo Point on Tiger Mountain is also worth the trek, if only for the eye-popping panoramas of Mount Rainier in the distance, while Cougar Mountain has its own zoo with Bengal tigers and wolves.

Issaquah is ideal in spring and summer

With old-growth woodland and soaring lookout points over the Washington Cascades on the menu, you might just want to wait for the spring and summer in Issaquah. Anytime between May and September typically offers great weather for hitting the hiking trails and hills, while fall can mean some great deals on the most coveted lodges and lakeside mansions. Winter, meanwhile, heralds snow. Come between December and March if you've got the skis ready for nearby Snoqualmie and beyond.

Issaquah offers a taster of the Cascades

With its glowing Sammamish Lake and its low-cropped range of foothill peaks, Issaquah is like the Washington Cascades writ small. In reserves like Tiger Mountain and Squak, you can wander routes like the South Tiger Powerline Trail and the famous Chirico Trail between old-growth forests and babbling creeks. Here and there are steep-sided canyons to wonder at, not to mention some seriously awesome broadsides of mighty Mount Rainier in the distance. The Cascades themselves aren't far either, offering the Mount Rainier National Park with its glaciers and black bears.