Formerly a coal mining town, the city of Renton has blossomed into a beautiful city, nestled between the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier National Park, and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Due to its close proximity to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Pacific Northwest, Renton has become a very popular place to book an RV in King County Washington. Although the surrounding landscape gives the impression of a rural paradise, Renton is very easy to reach from Seattle with regular buses, light rail, taxis, and ride shares departing from the airport and city center. And it’s not just this city’s natural beauty and airport links which encourage visitors to rent an RV in Renton. There’s also the abundance of outdoor adventures to be had, a weekly farmers market to peruse, historical and cultural museums, and a range of dining options available in Renton’s city center.
The Great Outdoors
There are several national, state and regional parks close to Renton, each with its own diverse landscape and ecosystem. An RV rental in Renton, Washington lets you drive right to the heart King County’s beautiful landscape. Only a half hour drive from Renton is the Mount Rainier National Park. This mountain’s impressive peak stands at 14,410 ft above sea level and invites visitors to explore its surrounding slopes and wilderness forest using an extensive network of hiking trails. Summer day hikes in the park range from easy 20-minute loops in the Longmire Area to lengthy scenic lakeside trails in the Paradise area and challenging high-altitude trails in the Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and the Carbon & Mowich areas. During the winter months, the park is open for skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiles, and sledding. Or visitors can join a park ranger on one of the park’s snowshoe trails. Visiting this national park is easy with an RV rental in Renton. It is even possible to drive on certain roads within the park but remember that all vehicles will need to carry snow chains from November to May.
You can also take the best RV rental in Renton to the Olympic National Park. The protected zone covers an area of nearly one million acres, sheltering many delicate ecosystems, plant species, wildlife, and human history. It also offers visitors over 70 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline as well as rivers and lakes for boating, kayaking, swimming, and tide pooling. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can observe black bears and birds in their natural habitats, join organized ranger excursions, hike, climb, and camp. The park is also open for snow sports during the winter months.
Closer to Renton, visitors can take a drive to the Cougar Mountain Region Wildlife Park in the Issaquah Alps. As well as offering many walking trails and opportunities for wildlife watching, the park presents an insight into its natural, cultural, and historical background. The park is connected, via the Cougar-Squak Corridor, to Squak Mountain State Park which hosts miles of horse riding and hiking trails. Visitors who choose to hike to the Squak Mountain summit are treated with to a bird’s-eye view of Seattle. Also, don’t forget to take the Renton RV rental to the Tigre Mountain State Forest. The park is located just outside of Renton and offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including wild mountain biking trails, hiking trails, horseback riding trails, and launch points for paragliding and hang gliding.
There are plenty of places to camp with a travel trailer rental in Renton. Most RV parks are located within a short drive of the city center so visitors can take advantage of Renton’s city attractions as well as its outdoor attractions.
Close to the Cougar Mountain Regional Park and the Squak Mountain State Park, and only a 15-minute drive from Seattle is the Issaquah Village RV Park. Surrounded by mountains and wildlife and on the edge of the Lake Sammamish State Park, this site offers nightly or weekly rentals, 56 spacious parking spots with full hookups (30/50 amps), pull-through spaces, laundry services, restrooms, showers, an onsite playground, and free WiFi hotspots and cable TV.
Exploring the City
When you rent a motorhome in Renton, take some time to explore the attractions in the city center. History and art lovers will want to stop by the Renton History Museum or watch a performance at the Renton Civic Theatre and the Renton Carco Theatre. Visitors can also pop into Washington’s only IKEA Performing Arts Center, which is host to several of the region’s music and dance organizations, including the Renton City Concert Band and the Evergreen City Ballet. Renton is also becoming popular with filmmakers from Seattle. The city annually hosts the Seattle Film Summit in November and BestFest in January, which celebrates the winners of the Northwest Film Competition.
For shopping and dining during your Renton luxury RV rental vacation, visit The Landing. This 46-acre complex offers a selection of more than 20 international cafes and restaurants, as well as excellent shopping and summer concerts. In Renton's city center, visitors also have a variety of cuisines to choose from, including typical American, Pakistani, and Indian dishes. Beer drinkers will also be pleased to find The Red House, which serves an assortment of local craft beers.