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

Motel 6 Kirkland, WA - North Kirkland
Motel 6 Kirkland, WA - North Kirkland
2 out of 5
12010 120th Place NE, Kirkland, WA
The price is NT$2,047 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in Totem Lake, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Lake Washington Institute of Technology and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lake Washington. Juanita Beach Park ...
3.2/5 (819 reviews)
"Staff was good - there was an issue with a guest that also happened to be next door to me. They promptly moved to a different room and took care of the problem."

Reviewed on 2021/9/13

Motel 6 Kirkland, WA - North Kirkland
The Heathman Hotel
The Heathman Hotel
4 out of 5
220 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA
The price is NT$4,759 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Moss Bay, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kirkland Performance Center and Lake Washington. Northwest University is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"Clean and modern property, perfect for business or fun in Kirkland or Bellevue. The perk for VIP Access was excellent and I appreciated the special recognition. Great stay!"

Reviewed on 2021/9/14

The Heathman Hotel
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 NT$2,869 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Northwest Bellevue, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Lake Washington and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Meydenbauer Center. Houghton Beach Park and The Shops ...
4.2/5Very Good! (950 reviews)
"Everything was nice and clean. Conveniently located next to major roads in the area. Staff was friendly and helpful. They were happy to help us when we called for an early check-in. They were expeditious when assisting with check-in, checkout, and when we lost one of the room keys. Overall, it was ..."

Reviewed on 2021/9/6

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Bellevue/Kirkland
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Posh Pad with Water Views
Posh Pad with Water Views
3.5 out of 5
550 Uptown Court, Kirkland, WA
The price is NT$6,131 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Moss Bay, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Lake Washington and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Village at Totem Lake and Redmond Town Center. ...
Posh Pad with Water Views
Short Walk To Lakefront Beaches & Park, 15 Min To Seattle 4 Bedroom Home
Short Walk To Lakefront Beaches & Park, 15 Min To Seattle 4 Bedroom Home
3.5 out of 5
2008MS15, Kirkland, WA
Located in Market, this golf vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lake Washington and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Kirkland Performance Center. Chateau Ste. Michelle ...
Short Walk To Lakefront Beaches & Park, 15 Min To Seattle 4 Bedroom Home
Top Floor with Amazing Views
Top Floor with Amazing Views
3.5 out of 5
550 Uptown Court, Kirkland, WA
The price is NT$6,131 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Moss Bay, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kirkland Performance Center and Lake Washington. Northwest University is 1.8 mi (2.8 ...
Top Floor with Amazing Views
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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