Destination guide

Culture and fun near Seattle vacation home rentals

To truly fall in love with Seattle, you have to embrace the many neighborhoods that comprise the city. Opt for a Seattle vacation rental in a pocket that best matches you and your travel squad's personality: are you artsy, urban, cosmopolitan, posh, or eccentric? Embrace the city's general air of positive crunchy earthiness, and you'll understand why everyone in these diverse neighborhoods can cohabitate so comfortably together. Prepare yourself for a visit full of incredible food, friendly locals, and vibrant nightlife, all fueled by a cafe scene that's so much more than the birthplace of Starbucks.

History

Historic sites near Seattle vacation rentals

Seattle has an abundance of unique museums and historic sites to explore during your trip. Vacation rentals can be found near places like the Museum of Pop Culture, a museum featuring pop culture icons like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, and the Museum of Flight, a museum with aircraft and space vehicles and historic exhibits. You could also explore the Seattle Underground, a network of underground passageways beneath the city.

Things to do

Attractions near Seattle vacation homes

Two places spring to mind when you picture Seattle: Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Both are great stops, and be sure to explore their surroundings. Take the kids to the Seattle Aquarium, located on Pier 59 on the Elliott Bay waterfront. Swing into the original Starbucks and see how the coffee stacks up to the other nearby cafes, or grab a bag of beans for your Seattle vacation rental. Pay a visit to the Frye Art Museum or the Seattle Art Museum, or brush up on local history at the Museum of History & Industry.

Activities

What to do during your stay in Seattle vacation homes

There are many different ways to see Seattle—on bike, with a guided walking tour, or from a boat tour cruising the Puget Sound. You can easily pack in the city's highlights, but there's something to be said for grabbing some wares from the market and enjoying a picnic in Discovery Park. If the nightlife is calling your name, take in a show at an iconic club like The Showbox at The Market, or The Crocodile. You just might find yourself on the cutting edge of the "next big thing."

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Seattle vacation rentals

Thanks to its rainy reputation, the Pacific Northwest is an really popular destination during the summer (think drier days), but there other attractive times of the year. So while you are more likely to find sunny days waiting from you from June through August, consider booking your Seattle vacation rental in spring or fall. You're likely to find the weather is moderate and prices are a bit lower than peak season. If you're really looking for a good deal, plan your visit for December or January, but these are the chilly wet months of the year.

Natural features

The City of Seven Hills will get your heart pumping

As the largest city in both Washington State and the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. This much loved mecca is extremely hilly, with the majority of its most popular neighborhoods nestled atop its seven hills. Seattle is surrounded by the Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east, and set against the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains. Downtown Seattle is bordered by Elliott Bay, which opens into the Puget Sound and makes Seattle a major seaport city.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Seattle

Fly into Seattle, WA (LKE-Lake Union), the closest airport, located 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Seattle, WA (BFI-Boeing Field), which is 5.3 mi (8.6 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Seattle King Street Station. It's easy to get around Seattle by catching a ride on the metro at Westlake Station, Westlake Ave Hub Station or University Street Station.

Food and drink

Sample unique cuisine in Seattle

The Pacific Northwest cuisine is a unique blend of American, Asian, and Native American food traditions that reflect the multicultural heritage. Common ingredients in Seattle recipes include salmon, shellfish, elk, caribou, berries, potatoes, kale, and mushrooms, with an emphasis on fresh, simple preparations. Fusion cuisine is also popular, which can be found in food carts and food trucks near vacation rentals in the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Seattle?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,575 vacation rentals near Seattle. From 1,004 Houses to 18 Boats, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Seattle for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Seattle:

  • Seattle Waterfront: 836 vacation rentals
  • Fremont: 335 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 886 vacation rentals
  • West Seattle: 1,516 vacation rentals
  • Ballard: 823 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 Seattle?

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

  • Seattle Center: 1,675 vacation rentals
  • Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal 91: 1,378 vacation rentals
  • University of Washington: 1,555 vacation rentals
  • Safeco Field: 1,318 vacation rentals
  • Seattle University: 1,589 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,004 Houses in Seattle. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Seattle include:

  • Boats: 18 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 1,145 rentals available
  • Cabins: 109 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Seattle?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 212 vacation rentals with pool available in Seattle. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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