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Popular amenities for Seattle vacation rentals

Stay near Seattle's top sights

University of Washington329 locals recommend
T-Mobile Park300 locals recommend
Alki Beach865 locals recommend
Lumen Field386 locals recommend
Seattle University40 locals recommend
Washington State Convention Center133 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Seattle

  • Total rentals

    8.4K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    545K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.6K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.3K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    380 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    5K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Seattle

Introduction

Sandwiched between the waters of Puget Sound and Lake Washington and between the mountains of the Olympic and Cascade ranges, Seattle is a city of stunning views. Combining that allure with its gentle, outdoors-focused lifestyle, the city is an ideal spot for an urban getaway or as a base for a longer trip to explore western Washington. Green parks and tree-lined neighborhoods spread across the city, while Mount Rainier and the iconic Space Needle anchor the skyline. The latter offers a stunning view of the city’s many hills and waterways, including the houseboats along Lake Union and the ferries shuttling passengers across Elliott Bay. Though its surroundings provide a stunning backdrop, the city also lives up to its much-deserved reputation for great music, strong coffee, and ubiquitous flannel shirts.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Seattle

Seattle’s reputation for rain precedes it, but most visitors will find their trip unaffected by it: The rainy season runs opposite tourist season, with the bulk of precipitation coming down from November to March. Additionally, the rain that does fall rarely comes in stormy sheets, but rather in a constant drizzle — the kind that can feel endless to residents, but which rarely calls for canceling outdoor plans. A waterproof, hooded rain jacket provides better protection from this kind of rain than an umbrella. Cool weather arrives in winter, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing during the day. The dry summer season brings delightfully pleasant weather, and is an ideal time to book one of the city’s vacation rentals, with daily high temperatures averaging in the high 70s Fahrenheit and cool evenings in the mid-50s.


Top things to do in Seattle

Fremont

The self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe” epitomizes the quirky, friendly nature of Seattle neighborhoods, with its ample public art like the “Waiting for the Interurban” statues and a waterfront park created from a former gasification plant. Home to many of Seattle’s big tech companies, Fremont also offers an exciting slate of shops and restaurants catering to young, hip crowds.

Olympic Sculpture Park

The outdoor arm of the Seattle Art Museum, this free nine-acre, multilevel public park features temporary and permanent sculptures from internationally renowned artists. The installations dot a hillside cut through by a zig-zag path that leads down to the picturesque Elliott Bay, where it meets up with Myrtle Edwards Park and the Elliott Bay Trail.

Pike Place Market

Dating back to 1907, Seattle’s beloved and enormous market, perched over the waterfront, enjoys fame around the world for the fish from nearby waters. But the colorful displays of flowers, farm stands full of fruit, and dozens of local culinary producers deserve equally high billing. On the lesser-known lower floors and outer buildings, hundreds of craft artists, small businesses, and restaurants serve the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Seattle?

    Seattle experiences a temperate climate with cool, wet winters and mild, relatively dry summers. Expect average temperatures to be around 41°F (5°C) in January and in July, around 75°F (24°C). The city is known for its rainy days, predominately in late fall and winter, while summer often sees long, sunny days.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Seattle?

    Visitors to Seattle often explore the vibrant Pike Place Market, ride the Seattle Great Wheel, and tour the Museum of Flight. A trip to Chihuly Garden and Glass to see Dale Chihuly's beautiful glass sculptures is also popular. For nature lovers, kayaking on Lake Union is a great option.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Seattle?

    Seattle is frequently visited during the summer months (June through August), when the weather is mild and dry. During this time, the city hosts popular events like the Seattle International Film Festival in June and Seafair, a month-long summer festival with parades, air shows, and boat races.

  • What are the best places to stay in Seattle?

    Capitol Hill is a lively neighborhood known for its music and arts scene. Downtown Seattle puts you in the heart of the city's shopping and dining districts, and Belltown is popular for its vibrant nightlife. For a quieter stay, consider Fremont, known for its art and peaceful atmosphere.

  • What are the best places to visit in Seattle?

    Seattle's most visited places include the Space Needle, an iconic observation tower with stunning city views, and Pike Place Market, a bustling farmers' market with local produce and craft stalls. Visitors also frequent the Museum of Pop Culture and the Seattle Art Museum.

  • What are some hiking trails in Seattle?

    Seattle has several scenic hiking trails. Discovery Park Loop in Magnolia offers a tranquil forest setting. The Washington Park Arboretum loop trail lets you wander among diverse plant life. Outside the city, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park provides a network of trails through lush Pacific Northwest wilderness.

  • What are some family activities to do in Seattle?

    Families can explore the Pacific Science Center, a hands-on science museum with interactive exhibits. The Woodland Park Zoo is home to over 300 species of animals. For outdoor family fun, Green Lake Park is a lovely destination for picnics, paddle-boating, and biking.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Seattle?

    Well within a day's reach from Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park offer excellent hiking and nature experiences. A ferry ride to Bainbridge Island provides quaint boutique shops, art galleries, and beautiful beaches.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Seattle's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Seattle's top attractions. We offer over 11,280 vacation rentals near Pike Place Market, over 12,740 vacation rentals near Chihuly Garden and Glass, and over 11,370 vacation rentals near Seattle Tours Tour of Pike Place Market - Classic Food Tour, and so much more! Experience the best of Seattle right on your doorstep.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Seattle?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Seattle. From over 2,110 apartment rentals, over 3,260 house rentals to over 620 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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