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Lake Washington
Vacation Travel Guide

Lake Washington which includes a lake or waterhole

Washington’s second-largest natural lake, located next to Seattle, is home to attractions of all shapes and sizes, from rainbow trout to swanky Mercer Island.

Take a break from the bustle of Seattle to relax on the shores or in the waters of Lake Washington. It is the second-largest natural lake in its namesake state. Find it in King County, bordered by Seattle to the west, Bellevue and Kirkland to the east, Kenmore to the north and Renton to the south.

The Duwamish tribe, the indigenous people of Seattle, called the lake Xacuabš, which, fittingly, translates to “great amount of water.” Learn how the lake was christened in 1854 after Thomas Mercer renamed it in honor of George Washington.

Lake Washington is a popular fishing destination. Catch fish including rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch and black crappie.

If you visit Lake Washington during the summer, don’t miss Seafair. Find concerts, good food and fun competitions at the annual summer festival. The Torchlight Run and Parade, which take place on the last weekend in July, draw major crowds. Don’t miss the Blue Angels performing aerial stunts over the lake.

Explore Mercer Island, which encompasses over 8,300 acres (3,360 hectares) at the center of Lake Washington. Considered a suburb of Seattle, the island has several parks, hiking trails and public beaches. Go fishing or have a picnic at Luther Burbank Park. Check out the Freeway Sculpture Park in Aubrey Davis Park. Go swimming or sunbathing at Clarke Beach at the southern end of the island.

One of the best ways to experience Lake Washington is by boat. Take a leisurely cruise around the lake. As you pass Medina, catch a glimpse of Xanadu 2.0, the storied home of Microsoft entrepreneur Bill Gates. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Mount Rainier, stately lakefront mansions and the Seattle skyline. See the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, possibly the world’s longest floating bridge.

Relax and make a leisurely exploration of Lake Washington and the towns and cities that surround its shores, such as Lake Forest Park, Yarrow Point, Hunts Point, Medina and Beaux Arts Village. With the area’s friendly people, lots of great amenities and stunning views, this urban lake is a true gem.

Top Hotels Close to Lake Washington

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,590 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,540 reviews)
"The hotel room was nice and clean. The view on the 42th floor was amazing!"

Reviewed on 2021/5/8

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,762 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,536 reviews)
"I loved the roof top patio available to all guests as well as the quiet. Although there was considerable construction close by, I was so happy with the cozy atmosphere of the Mediterranean Inn. The Covid precautions were in place and easy to follow."

Reviewed on 2021/5/4

Mediterranean Inn
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown
3.5 out of 5
10777 Northeast 10th Street, Bellevue, WA
The price is NT$2,909 per night from May 13 to May 13
Located in Northwest Bellevue, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lincoln Square and Meydenbauer Center. Bellevue Square and Lake Washington are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (625 reviews)
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Reviewed on 2021/4/27

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown
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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Best Lodging Options Near Lake Washington

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,590 per night from May 21 to May 21
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,762 per night from May 10 to May 10
Mediterranean Inn
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown
3.5 out of 5
10777 Northeast 10th Street, Bellevue, WA
The price is NT$2,909 per night from May 13 to May 13
Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Bellevue Downtown
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,139 per night from May 11 to May 11
The Paramount Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown
3 out of 5
208 106th Place Northeast, Bellevue, WA
The price is NT$2,651 per night from May 14 to May 14
AC Hotel by Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
4 out of 5
900 Bellevue Way Ne, Bellevue, WA
The price is NT$4,716 per night from May 30 to May 30
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
W Bellevue
W Bellevue
4 out of 5
10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue, WA
The price is NT$6,114 per night from May 28 to May 28
W Bellevue
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,623 per night from May 10 to May 10
Warwick Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,320 per night from May 21 to May 21
Sheraton Grand 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.