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About Washington

Set along the Pacific Coast and nestled in the north-west corner of the United States, Washington is a majestic state that lures travelers from around the world. Here, the area’s natural beauty is unrivaled; the cities are happening; and, the sights are spectacular. With a landscape that varies from forested islands in Puget Sound to snow-capped mountains in the Cascade Range, Washington vacation rentals are the best option for visitors looking to stay in the heart of it all.

Regions

Visitors can choose from an array of Washington vacation rentals spread out across the state. The state’s notable regions include:
  • Metro Seattle – Home of Washington’s largest city, Seattle, as well as the scenic Puget Sound area, this region is a hub for sports, annual events, arts and culture.
  • Peninsula & Coast – Quaint beaches and lush rainforests can be found on the western edge of the state in this artsy haven.
  • The Islands – Orcas have made their home in this region and so can visitors. This area has pristine beaches perfect for sunning or clamming and a laidback atmosphere.
  • The Volcanoes – Mountains tower overhead and volcanoes like Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens loom ominously here. Explore Washington’s natural beauty in this area.
  • The Gorge – The southernmost part of the state, the area boasts scenic views and a touch of history in each town.
  • North Cascades – Swim, fish and be one with nature in the North Cascades. Here, tourists can see tulip fields in Bellingham or stumble upon waterfalls in state parks. 
  • North Central – The history of the Old West is preserved in these parts with small towns, museums and the oldest saloon in the state.
  • Wine Country – Taste your way through countless vineyards and enjoy rare Washington sunshine here.
  • Northeast – Hip nightlife, delectable dining and unique attractions are found along the banks of the Spokane River while pine trees sway farther away.
  • Southeast – Picturesque rural landscapes and outdoor recreational activities abound in this region of Washington. 

Things to Do

There’s something to discover in every nook of Washington, so we’ve compiled some highlights. A trip to Washington isn’t complete without a stop in Seattle. Here, shop at the Pike Place Market famous for its “flying” fish and the original Starbucks. Shoot to the top of the Space Needle for stunning city views. Trade clouds for sunshine in Spokane and see a performance at the Opera House or catch a show at the Civic Theater. Visit Tacoma to see animals at the Point Defiance Park Zoo & Aquarium or watch world-renowned glassblowers captivate their audience at the Museum of Glass and Hot Shop Amphitheater. For astounding natural beauty, explore the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains. Go for a ride on the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain or blaze a trail via mountain bike through Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. For more photo ops, weave through the waterways that surround Washington’s islands in a kayak or climb to the top of Admiralty Head Lighthouse in Whidbey Island. Washington has endless activities and a diverse landscape that keeps everyone entertained.

Food

Get to know Washington through its cuisine as the state has a cornucopia of flavors to enjoy. Taste organic produce from local orchards and farms, or bring home fresh baked goods to gobble up in Washington vacation rentals. Sample fine wines at Maryhill Winery in Goldendale, or design a label there to commemorate a special occasion. Take the ferry to Eastsound and bring munchies to the Island Hoppin’ Brewery where home-brewed beer is poured and games are played. Seattle has a host of trendy restaurants like Altura and Canlis, while Bellingham has incredible yet affordable options like Ciao Thyme In The Kitchen. No one ever goes hungry on a trip to Washington.  

Outdoor Fun in Washington

Guests staying in Washington enjoy hiking and boating. With all the rental homes Seattle offers, Seattle is an easy first choice. Many guests enjoy staying in Ocean Shores or end up in Whidbey Island. Guests staying in Whidbey Island love pony riding and clamming on the beach. Not everybody is suited for an Alpental Washington stay though; Alpental is a ski area with black diamond runs located on the Summit in Snoqualmie Pass. If you are an experienced skier looking for an unforgettable experience, consider this area.

Day Trips for Guests Staying in Seattle

Many visitors staying in Seattle venture out on one of the following day trips:
  • Day trip to Mt. Rainer is about two hours south west of Seattle vacation rentals.
  • Day trip to Mt. St. Helens. In terms of rental homes, Seattle is about four hours north of Mt. St. Helens.
Seattle is about fourteen miles north of the airport. Tacoma is also a great location for visitors.

Washington Weather

Guests staying in Washington may have heard that it rains a lot. A light anorak will suit you just fine. During the summer, temperatures usually stay in the mid 70s. In the winter months, temperatures rarely dip below freezing along the coastal part of Washington.

When to Visit Washington

Washington vacation rentals and Seattle vacation rentals are popular year round. Some visitors, however, reserve rentals for one of these events:
  • Seattle’s International District celebrates the Chinese New Year in January or February (depends on the Chinese lunar calendar). 
  • In May, Seattle celebrates the beginning of the boating season with the Windermere Cup Races. 
  • Rosyln hosts a “Manly Man” Festival in June that includes a Spam cooking contest. 
  • Port Townsend is busy in July with different music festivals. 
  • In August, Seattle hosts a “professional” Bubble Blowing contest. 

Travelers will find an adventure in every direction no matter what part of the state they visit. Washington vacation rentals are the perfect home-away-from-home, so choose a chic condo in Seattle or a coastal bungalow along Puget Sound – you won’t regret it!
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