If you’re visiting the Seattle area, rent a motorhome in Kenmore and you’ll be less than half an hour from the big city, while enjoying a relaxing, small city atmosphere.
Situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Washington, Kenmore has a storied past. In the 1920s, during America’s period of prohibition, it was the site of many illegal speakeasies, as prohibited beverages could easily be dumped into the lake if the authorities showed up. It was also home to a couple of nudist camps during this period. During the Great Depression, it became known as a “Voucherville” as many residents worked for the government and were paid with a housing voucher rather than cash. Today it’s a quiet bedroom community for those who wish to avoid the higher rent prices in Seattle and prefer a more low-key lifestyle.
As anyone that’s ever driven in downtown Seattle can tell you, the city is built on some pretty steep hills and the streets can be quite tight. If you can, it’s best to leave your Kenmore RV rental back at the park when visiting the city. Seattle’s bus system is more than sufficient for getting around to most attractions and you can ride into downtown in less than an hour.
RV Parks Near Kenmore
As Kenmore is still very much inside the boundaries of the dense Seattle metropolitan area, it can be a bit challenging to find an RV park close by. However, if you book your site in advance or are willing to stay a little farther away, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a place to park your Kenmore rental travel trailer or RV. Lake Pleasant RV Park in Bothell is one of the closest, about 10 minutes away. The park features paved bike paths, a putting green, a small lake stocked with fish, and RV storage if you want to park your rig while taking part in one of the area’s popular boat cruises.
If you’re willing to stay a little farther north, the Lynnwood and Mukilteo area has quite a few RV parks including Twin Cedars RV Park, North Sound RV Park, and Harbour Pointe RV Park. Most of those parks are about 15 minutes away on I-5 or I-405. If you need to pick up any extra supplies, the nearest Walmart is also in Lynwood.
Exploring the City of Kenmore
When you book an RV in Kenmore, you will never be short on great attractions. While downtown Seattle is only a short drive away, there’s also plenty to do right in Kenmore.
As with much of the Pacific Northwest, craft beer is big here in Kenmore. To get a taste of some of the city’s finest ales, head to one of the local breweries. Some have food trucks that come several days a week so you won’t go hungry while you’re enjoying your frothy beverage. If wine is more your thing, make a stop with the Kenmore rental motorhome at a local vineyard. Enjoy wine tastings and tours where you can learn about the winemaking process. If you prefer something a little stronger, a local whiskey distillery also has tours and tastings of their fine spirits.
For a little retail therapy with your Kenmore RV rental, check out the Country Village outdoor shopping center for its quaint boutiques and bountiful farmers market. Even if you’re not looking to spend much money, there’s a beautiful duck pond and plenty of restaurants with outdoor seating where you can enjoy an afternoon of people watching. For more name brand stores, head to the Alderwood Mall in Lynwood, five miles away.
Getting Outside Near Kenmore
When you rent an RV in Kenmore, WA, the most obvious place to enjoy nature within the city is along the shores of Lake Washington. Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or a cruise around the lake are all possible. However, most of the rental shops and tours leave from the western shore of from Lake Union, which is connected to Lake Washington via the Lake Washington Ship Canal. However, Saint Edward State Park, on the eastern shore of the lake, is one of the most popular hangouts during the summer months. Formally Saint Edward's Seminary, the grounds used to house a school with hundreds of students. Now it’s a favorite picnic spot and a great place for an evening stroll. It’s also host to Kenmore Summer Concert Series in July and August.
Cyclists and joggers will also enjoy the 27-mile-long Burke-Gilman rail trail that runs through Seattle. The trail makes use of the abandoned Seattle, Lake Shore, and Eastern Railway corridor, extending from a few miles east of the Lake Washington all the way the Puget Sound.
If you’re willing to drive a little farther for a big outdoor adventure with the Kenmore rental camper, check out North Cascades or Olympic National Park. North Cascades is one of the least visited national parks, but only because its soaring mountaintops can be quite challenging for those not in peak physical condition. On the other hand, Olympic National Park has a number of easy trails that wind their way through one of North America’s only temperate rainforests. North Cascades is two hours from Kenmore while Olympic is two and a half using the ferry across Puget Sound, which can be pricey if you’re taking your Kenmore motorhome rental, or three hours via the highway.
Kenmore, WA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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