What to See:
Our Seattle vacation rentals place you near attractions and activities that help this metro rank among the best places to visit not only in Washington, but the world. iTrip Vacations Seattle manages rental homes in the entire Seattle region, from Snoqualmie Ridge to Bainbridge Island and Shoreline to Tukwilla.
The Seattle area offers a water lover's retreat – perfect for both big-city activities and some of the most beautiful outdoor scenery in the U.S. Seattle is surrounded by Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington, and close to mountains such as Mount Rainier, national forests, rivers, waterfalls, islands, and miles of hiking trails. No wonder Seattle is nicknamed Emerald City.
With so much natural landscape, it's easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Popular activities include hiking, paddle-boarding, whale-watching, kayaking, climbing and city tours. In cooler months, our Seattle vacation rental guests ski and snowboard at top ski resorts, including Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Ridge, and Crystal Mountain. Don't leave without riding the Washington State Ferries, which take guests to different islands near Seattle, including Bainbridge Island. If you have more time, take a luxury cruise to Alaska and Canada.
Families also love Seattle, as they have plenty to do too. Explore Museum of Flight, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), three must-see attractions. For an up-close look at exotic animals, head to Woodland Park Zoo, which cares for more than 300 species of animals. Sports fans love cheering for their favorite team, such as Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Storm (NBA), Seattle Sounders (MLS), Seattle Mariners (MLB), and a new NHL franchise coming 2020. The area also has rugby and collegiate sports including home of University of Washington Huskies. Other must-sees include Kerry Park, Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science Center.
It's no secret Seattle's arts and culture scene ranks among the best in the U.S. After all, great legends in music, art and theater have began their journey here. The city has several performance venues for watching dance, Broadway shows and live music. Or stroll art museums and galleries that showcase local, up-and-comers and world-renown names. In addition, our guests explore diverse attractions that honor Native Americans, Asian American, African American, Latino and Nordic cultures.
To shop local and support small businesses, visit Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. It ranks among the oldest farmers markets in the U.S., and has 9 acres of local growers, producers and crafters. Those who prefer name brands shop at University Village, Westfield Southcenter and Pacific Place. When it's time for a boost, head to Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room where coffee lovers sip on light and rich creations. In addition, Seattle has outlet malls, antique stores and local boutiques.
The Pacific Northwest has a longstanding and diverse food scene, which includes global cuisine and several James Beard recognized chefs and restaurants. Here, regional chefs use fresh, local ingredients to create award-winning flavors. Additionally, food tours provide a fun way to sample a little of everything, and some cater to chocoholics. Then sample locally booming craft breweries, wineries, vineyards and distilleries for a taste of the area's award-winning beverage scene.
No matter the time of year, our Seattle vacation rental guests attend dozens of festivals and live events that celebrate culture, food, music and sports. A few annual events in Seattle include: Bumbershoot, Folklife, Best of Northwest, Refract, Summer Solstice Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle Restaurant Week, Maritime Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Seafair and Christmas Ships Fest.
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Book a Vancouver vacation rental, and explore one of the top destinations in Washington. The city is located near the Pacific Coast, Mount St. Helens and Columbia River Gorge, all providing ample places to play and explore.
Start with outdoor adventures. From hiking and golf to riding bikes and relaxing on the beach, visitors stay active and enjoy fresh air. Vancouver offers four seasons of recreational activities and has more than 190 parks, including several dog parks. Try fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and take scenic drives through the mountains. While roaming, don't miss area waterfalls such as Moulton Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Bradywine Falls and Lower Falls.
Those staying in downtown Vancouver vacation rentals have several attractions and sites within a short drive. Ester Short Park is the oldest public square in Washington and houses Salmon Run Bell Tower. To learn about the city's storied history, tour Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and its four historic attractions. Downtown also features Vancouver Waterfront Park, Grant Street Pier, Kiggens Theatre and Officer's Row, which showcases 22 restored homes from the 1800s.
Indulge in arts and culture at museums and working farms and mills in the area. Cedar Grist Mill is the last grain-grinding mill in the state and hosts interactive tours. Clark County Historical Museum showcases local history, and Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center dives into nature and aquatic life. Other must-sees include Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, North Clark Historical Museum, Pendleton Woolen Mill and Pomeroy Living History.
When not learning and playing, spend time shopping. Vancouver Mall offers over 140 stores and restaurants, so everyone finds what they need. For a more local shopping experience, visit Vancouver Farmers Market or stroll Uptown Village. The village is a destination in itself, as it's home to breweries, food trucks and boutiques. Or browse public art and galleries such as Art on the Boulevard and Contemporary Arts Vancouver Experiment a.k.a. the Cave.
The city also has a noteworthy food scene that includes an impressive list of breweries, distilleries and wineries. Beer lovers can get a passport to Brewcouver and explore handcrafted ales made in Washington. To attend wine tastings and tours, find growers and producers throughout the state. The area has been a big name in wine production since the early 1800s. In addition, Vancouver has a lively nightlife scene suited for all ages. Big Al's has bowling, an arcade and sports bar where people gather for good times. Guests 21 and older can dance and play at Ilani Casino Resort located 20 minutes north of Vancouver.
To sample some of the best food and drinks in the area, vacation in Vancouver during a signature festival. Clark County Fair, Craft Beer and Wine Fest, Birdfest and Bluegrass, Recycled Arts Festival and Old Apple Tree Festival draw big crowds each year. Summer also brings cultural festivals that celebrate Hawaiian traditions and Latin soul.
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