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Kirkland, WA
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The lively culture of city life meets the quietness of lakeside parks in this scenic and green community.

Kirkland is a city that makes the most of its lakeside setting by offering several attractive harbors, parks and walking trails along the waterfront. Not only that, but you’ll find all the art, shopping and dining you’d expect from city life. Enjoy an array of outdoor attractions based around scenic Lake Washington.

A British entrepreneur named Peter Kirk founded the city in the 1880s. Kirk was hoping to capitalize on the national need for steel by building a factory, but a stock market crash thwarted his dreams. In the early 20th century, Kirkland became one of the primary boatbuilding and fixing towns in the northwest.

Spend your days here outdoors. Marina Park, a quayside lined with public art, picnic spots and biking routes, is one of the city’s lakefront highlights. Bring fishing rods for a day of angling out on the tranquil water.

Hop on a bike and ride the Lake Washington Loop or plummet down the slopes of Big Finn Hill Park. For something at a slower pace, join one of the walking routes that wind around the beaches and marinas.

Bring your binoculars to Juanita Bay Park. This network of wetlands near the city center brims with wildlife.

Experience the cultural side of Kirkland on one of its art walks, which take place on the second Friday of each month. Join locals touring the public art sculptures of Downtown Kirkland. Alternatively, head to one of the many galleries in the city. Try the Howard/Mandville Gallery, Parklane Gallery or the Kirkland Arts Center for a varied selection of national and local works.

Kirkland is located to the northeast of Seattle, about 30 minutes away by car from both King County International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Visit in July and August for the hottest days and the lowest chance of rain.

One of the best ways to see Kirkland is by boat, so head out onto Lake Washington to drift along the city’s scenic coastline.

Where to stay in Kirkland

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Bellevue/Kirkland
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Bellevue/Kirkland
2.5 out of 5
10530 NE Northup Way, Kirkland, WA
The price is ¥7,752 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in Northwest Bellevue, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Washington, Bellevue Square, and Meydenbauer Center. Northwest University and Lincoln ...
4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"We had a reasonably average stay. The hotel was clean, room was nice. Due to Covid many amenities were unavailable. But the staff was truly stellar. Going above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. We will definitely go back for our next Seattle trip."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Bellevue/Kirkland
Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
4 out of 5
1200 Carillon Pt, Kirkland, WA
The price is ¥24,154 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Lakeview, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northwest University and Lake Washington. Kirkland Performance Center and Lincoln Square are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"We enjoyed our 3 day stay. The free upgrades with a Lakeview room and the food and beverage credit was a pleasant surprise. Loved the water machine to avoid plastic bottles. The nearby restaurants Como and the American Bistro were both amazing and so convenient next to the hotel. I Would definitely ..."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Kirkland
Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Kirkland
3 out of 5
11215 NE 124th St, Kirkland, WA
The price is ¥10,337 per night from May 7 to May 8
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lake Washington and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Redmond Town Center. Columbia ...
4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Awesome staff"

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Kirkland
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beautiful Juanita Tree House
Beautiful Juanita Tree House
Kirkland, WA
Located in Inglewood-Finn Hill, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Washington and within 9 mi (15 km) of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Redmond Town ...
Beautiful Juanita Tree House
Join us a the Baymont Inn for Roomy Cozy Accommodations
Join us a the Baymont Inn for Roomy Cozy Accommodations
Kirkland, WA
Located in North Rose Hill, this vacation home is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Lake Washington and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Redmond Town Center. ...
Join us a the Baymont Inn for Roomy Cozy Accommodations
New! Chic Apt 5 Mi From Wineries, 14 Mi to Seattle
New! Chic Apt 5 Mi From Wineries, 14 Mi to Seattle
Kirkland, WA
Located in North Rose Hill, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Kirkland Performance Center and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Lake Washington. Northwest University ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Kirkland
"Good place. Property manager is very responsive!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

New! Chic Apt 5 Mi From Wineries, 14 Mi to Seattle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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