Your Basecamp

Centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma, Kent is your connection to Pacific Northwest adventure.

Your Basecamp: Kent, Washington

Trek to the mountains or ferry to an island. Take in a bevy of regional attractions, major league sports, theatre and world-class museums. There’s also a big world of craft beer and Northwest wine just waiting for you. Kent’s affordable and family-friendly accommodations put you within easy reach of all the fun.

Looking to venture farther from basecamp? Easy.

Kent is less than three hours from Portland and the Canadian border.

  • Vancouver, BC, to Kent: 3 hours
  • Portland, OR, to Kent: 2.75 hours
  • Seattle to Kent: 35 minutes
  • Tri-Cities to Kent: 3.5 hours
  • Mount Rainier National Park to Kent: 1.5 hours
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID, to Kent: 5 hours

 

Pacific Northwest Adventure Within Reach

Downtown Seattle is a short trek away by bus, train or car from Kent, Washington Downtown Seattle is a short trek away by bus, train or car from Kent, Washington

Regional Attractions

Kent is just a short drive (or train or bus ride) from many Pacific Northwest attractions. Here are some sites you won’t want to miss:

Pike Place Market Pike Place Market

Watch for flying fish as you meander Seattle’s beloved public market featuring local produce, arts and loads of fresh seafood. Don’t miss the new MarketFront, offering sweeping views of Elliott Bay and even more vendors, shops and restaurants.

Seattle Waterfront

Walkable fun, quirky shops and iconic experiences await you. The Seattle Great Wheel offers a great vantage point to take in views. Nearby Seattle Aquarium is a favorite family destination.

Space Needle

An icon among icons, nothing says Seattle like the Space Needle. There’s really no better way to take in the Emerald City than from 520 feet above ground.

Washington State Capitol Campus

Washington state’s capital city of Olympia is just 45 miles south of Kent. Your day trek wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the capitol campus.

Hidden Gems

Smith Tower in Pioneer Square is Seattle’s original skyscraper. Ride the manually operated elevator to the observatory and bar where you can enjoy 360-degree views, locally inspired bites and Prohibition-era cocktails.

Downtown Seattle is a short trek away by bus, train or car from Kent, Washington Downtown Seattle is a short trek away by bus, train or car from Kent, Washington Craft beer and northwest wine located near Kent, Washington Craft beer and northwest wine located near Kent, Washington

Craft Beer, Northwest Wine

With more than 200 breweries and 900+ wineries in Washington state, there are loads of Kent-close opportunities to taste delicious craft beer and wine. Here are a few day-trip options that will quench your thirst:

Ballard Brewery District Ballard Brewery District

At last count, this growing brew hub included 10 breweries within five square miles. Populuxe Brewing, Urban Family Brewing and Maritime Pacific Brewing are must stops.

Georgetown/SoDo

This hip Seattle urban burb between Boeing Field and Safeco Field is home to several brewing companies including Lower Case Brewing, Counterbalance Brewing Company, Machine House Brewing and Georgetown Brewing.

South Sound Craft Crawl

There are more than 40 artisanal breweries and cideries between Tacoma and Olympia. No kidding! Grab your Crawl passport and chart your course.

Woodinville Wine Country

Just 30 minutes from Kent, this scenic setting is home to nearly 120 wineries and tasting rooms. Visit the grand Chateau Ste. Michelle, along with some of the state’s unique and acclaimed boutique wineries. Added bonus-around 15 microbrewers, cideries and distilleries.

Hidden Gems

Perihelion Brewery in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood specializes in Belgian ales.

Vashon Island is a short cruise away by ferry from Kent, Washington Vashon Island is a short cruise away by ferry from Kent, Washington

Island Hopping

Looking for a Pacific Northwest island adventure? Kent is the perfect launch pad. Set sail across the Puget Sound to a charming waterside town, or venture to a group of isles that will transport you to another world. All are close by and easily reachable via a Washington State Ferry or the Victoria Clipper Ferry. Here are a few worth exploring:

Bainbridge Island Bainbridge Island

Board the ferry from Seattle’s waterfront and enjoy a 35-minute ride that offers unbeatable Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier views. Stroll the charming town of Winslow, featuring galleries, boutiques, restaurants and waterside walking.

San Juan Islands

The island grouping includes more than 170 landmasses, but Orcas, Lopez and San Juan islands are primary destinations. A laid-back island vibe awaits you, along with all the outdoor activity you can imagine-cycling, sailing, whale watching, paddling and more. Throw in some Northwest cuisine and idyllic scenery, and you’ve got the whole island package.

Whidbey Island

This island boasts quaint waterside towns, state parks, beaches, loads of history and ample recreational opportunities. Grab the Mukilteo ferry from Clinton, just an hour from Kent.

Hidden Gems

Vashon Island a true Northwest rural experience. Stroll the eclectic shops and galleries, and enjoy farm-to-fork dining. Take your bike or drive on the Fauntleroy ferry in West Seattle, just 30 minutes from Kent.

Vashon Island is a short cruise away by ferry from Kent, Washington Vashon Island is a short cruise away by ferry from Kent, Washington Major league sports in downtown Seattle nearby to Kent, Washington Major league sports in downtown Seattle nearby to Kent, Washington

Major League Sports

With Kent as your home base, you’re just a hop from major Seattle sports action. Put on your 12th man jersey, raise your Sounders scarf or oil your mitt and hope for home run. Kent Station offers easy access by bus or train, and the Tukwila light rail station is just a short drive (or Uber) away.

Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks

Are you ready for some football? The NFL Seattle Seahawks regular season runs September through December. But we know it will last longer than that. Check out the action at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle Sounders

The 2016 Major League Soccer champions kick it at CenturyLink Field, March through October, and often into the post season. Arrive early for the March to the Match, one of the best traditions in American sports. Scarves up!

Seattle Mariners

Take yourself out to the ballgame. The American League Seattle Mariners play April to October at Safeco Field, where you can take in Seattle skyline views, art-lined walkways and that 22-million-pound retractable roof.

Hidden Gems

Cheney Stadium is the Sounders training facility and home to FC S2, the Sounders’ second team. Catch the action in Tacoma, just a few miles from Kent.

Mount Rainier at paradise, hiking in the winter, nearby to Kent, Washington Take a trip to Mount Rainier for hiking in the winter, just a quick drive from Kent, Washington (Photo courtesy of Visit Rainier)

Mountains

Take a look around. Those majestic mountains in the distance are closer than you think. And they’re open year-round for adventure, including hiking, biking, skiing and snow-play fun for all ages.

Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier National Park

From wildflowers to waterfalls, and vistas that will take your breath away, Mount Rainier offers 14,000+ feet of fun and adventure. The trek to Paradise makes for a great day trip.

Olympic National Park

Rain forests, mountain ranges and wilderness coastline are just a three-hour drive from Kent. Hurricane Ridge is a year-round destination for active adventure and stunning views.

Hidden Gems

Mount Si, a popular hiking destination in the Cascade foothills, is just 30 miles from Kent.

Mount Rainier at paradise, hiking in the winter, nearby to Kent, Washington Take a trip to Mount Rainier for hiking in the winter, just a quick drive from Kent, Washington (Photo courtesy of Visit Rainier) The Museum of Flight is a short drive from Kent, Washington The Museum of Flight is a short drive from Kent, Washington

Museums

From spacecraft to pop culture, Washington is a museum mecca. Here are a few worth perusing:

Museum of Flight Museum of Flight

The air and space museum is home to more than 160 aircraft and space vehicles, the original Boeing Aircraft factory, flight simulators and dozens of interactive exhibits.

Museum of History and Industry

Stories, artifacts and activities tell the story of the region and its history. This is the place to learn more about Boeing, Bezos, grunge and some Seattle surprises.

Museum of Pop Culture

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pays homage to the history and culture of popular music, science fiction and pop culture.

Seattle Art Museum

The SAM family includes the downtown Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park and the Asian Art Museum (currently closed for renovation). SAM has been a center for world-class art since 1933 and is considered one the foremost cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest.

Tacoma Museum District

Seattle’s little sister to the south is home to six premier museums, including the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and LeMay-America’s Car Museum. The museum district offers a very walkable adventure. Try a few or see them all.

Hidden Gems

The always-free Frye art museum, nestled in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, features paintings and sculpture from the 19th century to the present.

Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma, just a short drive from Kent, Washington Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma, just a short drive from Kent, Washington (Photo courtesy of Travel Tacoma + Pierce County)

Theater

Sure, the Hamilton ticket is going to be a push, but that’s just one of the big productions playing at a theater near you. Here are a few of the region’s major performing arts venues.

Fifth Avenue Theatre Fifth Avenue Theatre

This landmark theatre in downtown Seattle is an art deco paradise and the place to see live musical theatre.

 

Paramount Theatre

The Seattle performing arts venue features everything from silent movies to Broadway shows. (If you did have tickets, this is where you’d see Hamilton.)

Pantages Theater

Part of Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, this former vaudeville venue now hosts musicals, live music and comedy.

Hidden Gems

The Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Seattle Center is one of the country’s most lauded regional theaters.

Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma, just a short drive from Kent, Washington Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma, just a short drive from Kent, Washington (Photo courtesy of Travel Tacoma + Pierce County)

Regardless of where your day-trip adventures take you, your Kent basecamp offers everything you need to relax, recharge and refuel.

Select from the wide range of hotels, and camping and RV parks. Between adventures, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy right in Kent. Check out all the things to do and places to dine and drink.