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 $66 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Totem Lake, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from The Village at Totem Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Washington and Chateau Ste. Michelle. University ...
3.2/5 (876 reviews)
"Good for a short stay, clean and the price is good. It is a real Motel."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Motel 6 Kirkland, WA - North Kirkland
The Heathman Hotel
The Heathman Hotel
4 out of 5
220 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA
The price is $209 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
Located in Moss Bay, this romantic hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lake Washington and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square. Redmond Town ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Hotel was very clean"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

The Heathman Hotel
Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
4 out of 5
1200 Carillon Pt, Kirkland, WA
The price is $209 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Lakeview, this beach hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Lake Washington and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Lincoln Square. Bellevue Square and Bellevue Botanical Garden ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"Beautiful setting on lake Washington. Fast and friendly staff. Couple minutes to downtown Kirkland."

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
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.
Thoughtfully decorated 12' ceiling apartment nestled in the quiet section of Kirkland.
Thoughtfully decorated 12' ceiling apartment nestled in the quiet section of Kirkland.
Kirkland, WA
The price is $89 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
This family-friendly Kirkland apartment building is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Washington and The Village at Totem Lake. Bellevue Square ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
The Perfect Kirkland Neighborhood Condo
"I loved my weekend stay in this wonderful condo. It's perfectly situated within walking distance to downtown Kirkland, in a very quiet neighborhood. Very safe, comfortable, well-stocked & well-appointed. I highly recommend this condo!"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Thoughtfully decorated 12' ceiling apartment nestled in the quiet section of Kirkland.
Nantucket Style Guest Cottage perfectly located near Juanita Beach in Kirkland!
Nantucket Style Guest Cottage perfectly located near Juanita Beach in Kirkland!
Kirkland, WA
This family-friendly Kirkland cottage is located in North Juanita, within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Washington and The Village at Totem Lake. Park at Bothell Landing ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (95 reviews)
Quiet getaway in a lovely setting
"My husband and I stayed here for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The cottage is a couple of blocks from the beach so we went for a long walk along Lake Washington. We also went to Bellevue Square twice to do some Christmas shopping and eat out. The mall was decorated beautifully for Christmas. ..."

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Nantucket Style Guest Cottage perfectly located near Juanita Beach in Kirkland!
Nice, clean and cozy place to stay with family and friends
Nice, clean and cozy place to stay with family and friends
Kirkland, WA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Kirkland, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from The Village at Totem Lake and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Redmond Town Center. Lake Washington is 2.9 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Tall people beware
"The location, space and host were great! But at 5.5, on flat feet, I could touch the ceiling., so if you are tall, know that you will be crouching."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Nice, clean and cozy place to stay with family and friends
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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