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KirklandUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Kirkland

Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
4 out of 5
1200 Carillon Pt, Kirkland, WA
The price is CA $172 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Lakeview, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Northwest University and Lake Washington. Kirkland Performance Center and Lincoln Square are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)

"Nicely furnished suite with a balcony view of Lake Washington. Bathroom nice decorated with large tub fit for two. Bed was ultra comfortable and warm to have a well rested nights sleep."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
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 CA $73 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Totem Lake, this motel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Lake Washington and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Columbia Winery is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...

3.2/5 (746 reviews)

"Affordable, perfect location, great staff. The facility could use some updates but overall I'm satisfied."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 22, 2020

Motel 6 Kirkland, WA - North Kirkland
The Heathman Hotel
The Heathman Hotel
4 out of 5
220 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA
The price is CA $156 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28

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! (991 reviews)

"I visited during Covid for a family situation and I felt very comfortable during my stay. I found everything very clean and inviting."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

The Heathman Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Kirkland

Top Floor with Amazing Views
Top Floor with Amazing Views
3.5 out of 5
550 Uptown Court, Kirkland, WA

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
Nantucket Style Guest Cottage Perfectly Located Near Juanita Beach in Kirkland!
Nantucket Style Guest Cottage Perfectly Located Near Juanita Beach in Kirkland!
12636 94th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA

Located in North Juanita, this romantic cottage is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Lake Washington and within 6 miles (10 km) of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Kirkland Performance ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (79 reviews)
Quiet Out of the Way Haven

"The cottage is located in a quiet area. However it is central to most of what Kirkland. It is about a 15 minute drive to the main part of Kirkland. It is only a few minutes drive to Totem Lake and the restaurant area near Juanita Bay Park. Drive 20 minutes north and you are in prime hiking areas ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

Nantucket Style Guest Cottage Perfectly Located Near Juanita Beach in Kirkland!
Contemporary Kirkland Guest House
Contemporary Kirkland Guest House
7508 124th Place NE, Kirkland, WA

Situated in Kirkland, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Kirkland Performance Center, Lake Washington and Microsoft Campus. Redmond Town Center ...

5/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
First vrbo experience will have me coming back for more

"Having never rented through VRBO I wasn’t sure what to expect. Any concerns I had quickly dissipated soon after my booking was made. Owners of the property were tremendously accommodating from the get go! Their quick responses and kindness reflected in their messages were truly appreciated. This ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Contemporary Kirkland Guest House
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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Reviews of Kirkland

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 14, 2020

Fine city growing so fast!

4/5 - Good

Doreen

Sep 5, 2019

Quite a surprising city, very quiet and peaceful location. We like it a lot will go back for sure next time~

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 19, 2019

It’s a nice enough city. We was only there for one night as we were catching a flight from the sea-tac airport to San Diego and we were leaving our car at our friend’s place while we were away and they live in kirkland

3/5 - Okay

Kensie

Jul 14, 2019

I really liked the restaurant Como. Unfortunately it was extremely busy because it was the only patio open but we eventually got a table outside. It’s a really nice restaurant by the lake with great food and great service. Reminded me of Europe.

4/5 - Good

Erin

Jul 2, 2019

Great location and close to many sites.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2019

It was our first time there and we loved the area. It's beautiful!

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