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.

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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

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

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.

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Seattle Waterfront
Space Needle
Washington State Capitol Campus
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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

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.

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Georgetown/SoDo
South Sound Craft Crawl
Woodinville Wine Country
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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

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.

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San Juan Islands
Whidbey Island
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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

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.

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Seattle Sounders
Seattle Mariners
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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

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.

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Olympic National Park
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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

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.

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Museum of History and Industry
Museum of Pop Culture
Seattle Art Museum
Tacoma Museum District
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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

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

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Paramount Theatre
Pantages Theater
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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.