Celebrate National Skyscraper Day in These 5 Concrete Jungles

September 3rd is National Skyscraper Day, celebrating the different architectural styles, stunning views and one-of-a-kind experiences the tallest buildings in the U.S. have to offer. If you’re booking a trip to the big city for an urban adventure, consider celebrating National Skyscraper Day in one of these five concrete jungles.

  1. New York, NY

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    The iconic New York City skyline is home to half of the top ten tallest buildings in the U.S. The One World Trade Center reaches the highest at 1,776 feet and 104 floors. For thrill seekers and efficiency lovers, the building offers an elevator ride to the top that climbs 102 stories in 47 seconds. Colloquially known as Freedom Tower, it pairs world class views with seasonally inspired New York plates at the top-rated restaurant One Dine. Reservations are required, so make sure to make one at least 30 days in advance to guarantee a table.


    You can also head to The Empire State Building for art deco ceiling murals, modern exhibits, and iconic 360 degree views of New York City, or stop by 432 Park Avenue luxury apartments for the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, which rises 1,396 feet above Park Avenue between 56th and 57th, overlooking Central Park. It also contains some of the classiest and most expensive New York condominiums on the market. The complex even includes a private restaurant overseen by Australian-born, Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt.

    To top off a true New York high-rise experience, grab a ferry and head to Liberty Island. While the Statue of Liberty isn’t a skyscraper, it does offer tons of history and a climb to the top for a chance to see New York from a unique perspective.


    Travelling solo or with a smaller group? Stay in this ultra-lux 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath apartment with a gourmet kitchen located at the tip of Manhattan. It comes fully furnished with a kitchen and an observation deck that offers excellent views of the New York Harbor.


    If you’re travelling with a larger group, check out this corner two-bedroom luxury apartment that easily sleeps four in lower Manhattan. Both are just a cab ride away from New York’s tallest skyscrapers.

    Feeling a spontaneous trip to New York? Spend National Skyscraper Day in the ultimate concrete jungle, where dreams are made of.

  3. Chicago, IL

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    Chicago comes a close second on the list of tallest buildings in the country, with four out of the top ten residing in the Windy City. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower tops the list and reaches 1,450 feet into the sky. Stop by this 110-story urban wonder and gather your courage to experience the Ledge at the Skydeck: a glass balcony that extends 4.3 feet out from the edge of the 103rd floor, offering a spectacular view that spans across four different states. On the way up, you can experience museum-quality exhibits and a theater presentation of Reaching for the Sky; showcasing the construction of this high-stretching wonder.


    Willis Tower is within walking distance from historic Union Station, where you can learn about the history of one of the nation’s oldest railroad hubs. You can also get a taste of authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza at Giordano’s right across the street.

    If you’re feeling something different, head over to nearby Greektown for authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Avli Taverna, known for their plates of roasted lamb and perfectly textured moussaka, or the Athenian Room, known for their famous chicken Kalamata and flavorful gyros. For another phenomenal skyscraper view, visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck located 1,000 feet off the ground in the John Hancock Center — now called 875 North Michigan Avenue.


    Book a stay at the Printers Penthouse less than half a mile away from Grant Park and in close proximity to easy public transportation options. This three-bedroom, three-bath apartment can sleep up to eight people and offers gorgeous city views.


    For a smaller group and cost, check out the Printers Dream apartment located in the same complex, with space to sleep up to six adults.

    Book a high-rise rental at one of Chicago’s towering skyscrapers next time you visit.

  5. Los Angeles, CA

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    Los Angeles is home to the Wilshire Grand Center, a 1,100-foot skyscraper that occupies an entire city block. Located in the heart of downtown, the building houses the 889-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel and modern restaurants that help maintain the high standard of culinary excellence found throughout the city. Stop by for a cocktail, small plates, and a picture-worthy view at Spire 73 – the highest rooftop bar in the U.S. – located on the 73rd floor, then visit the courtyard to marvel at a delicately constructed glass “waterfall.” The building also includes over 13,000 linear feet of modular lighting stretching up the outside of the building, allowing it to illuminate the Los Angeles skyline with unique displays of color.


    After you’ve soaked in this urban achievement, head a few blocks over to The Broad Art Museum to view some of the most iconic modern art of the 20th century. For tons of dining options that can appease all palettes, walk over to Grand Central Market to visit a downtown landmark that’s been bringing together the different flavors and cultures of LA since 1917.


    To catch a different angle of the city, head to U.S. Bank Tower and visit the 70th floor for OUE Skyspace LA – California’s tallest open-air observation deck. You can ride the Skyslide, an experience that includes a 45-foot, fully enclosed all-glass slide nearly 1,000 feet above Downtown LA, grab a drink at the Skyspace Bar and take in the views of Dodger Stadium and Santa Monica Pier from the observation terrace.


    For breathtaking views in downtown LA, book a stay at this 1600 square-foot two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse that sleeps up to six people.


    Or if you’re feeling fancy, stay at the VIP Sky Pool Table penthouse that sleeps eight. Both vacation rentals pictured above are custom decorated with modern furniture and classic LA style, offering evening views of the city skyline from either the patio or a private cabana by the poolside.

    Ready for a trip to Los Angeles? Find an affordable rental in the heart of the city now.

  7. Philadelphia, PA

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    Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia recently opened in 2018. Standing at 1,121 feet, it is the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York and Chicago. With 59 floors, it’s home to a growing workforce of over 4,000 Comcast employees and local Philadelphia broadcast stations like NBC10 and Telemundo62. Additionally, it serves as an incubator space for local technology startups, houses the world-class Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, and has an impressive list of restaurants and retail stores.


    If you’re heading to Philadelphia in the next few months, you can visit the lobby to explore a three-story-tall mysterious sphere. Inside you’ll find a 360-degree dome theater that features an inspiring cinematic experience that celebrates and explores the power of ideas. Wander the halls of the building for a wide diversity of art on display from dozens of talented artists in the Philadelphia community, then visit The Concourse for some classic local dining options and classy shopping.

    If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, head to JG SkyHigh where Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has crafted an all-day dining menu, then stick around for cocktail-hour and watch the sun set over the stunning Philadelphia skyline.

    Check out this cozy one-bedroom apartment with its own wrap-around balcony in downtown Philadelphia. It’s perfect for lounging and appreciating Philly’s skyline. Another option is Lyric’s beautiful apartment-suite, offering unbeatable access to the city with a bright, studio-like two-bedroom that sleeps up to six.

    Take a trip to Philly and stay in a spacious vacation rental.

  9. San Francisco, CA

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    Located in the South of Market district, the Salesforce Tower is a 61-story, 1,070 foot-tall skyscraper built with cutting-edge sustainability, technology, and engineering. It contains a workspace crafted to promote health and wellness, with innovative outside air intakes on every floor that provide outdoor-fresh air, and 13-foot high ceilings with 10-foot high continuous clear glass to allow for as much sunlight and openness as possible. To get there, you can take a gondola from SalesForce Plaza and explore the latest in how architectural minds are crafting sustainable office spaces. Head to the top story Ohana floor for a tour and one of the best views in the Bay Area.


    Once you’ve seen the sights, Salesforce Tower is located next to over 20 restaurants and cafes for you to choose from, and is just a short 5-minute walk to Howard and Beale Bike Share, where you can pick up a bike and tour the city. Travelling with baseball fans? Head over to Oracle Park to catch a Giants game, or ride the San Francisco Cable Car to experience the world’s last manually operated cable car system.


    To round out a downtown San Francisco experience, visit The Exploratorium, featuring over 650 interactive exhibits that explore perception, art, and science, including a pitch-black dome and a fog bridge. The hands on museum also offers an “After Dark” experience on Thursday nights for adults ages 18 and over, where you can enjoy the exhibits without any little ones running around. It’s located right along the Embarcadero, where you can catch a stellar light show on the Bay Bridge after dark.

    The SOMA (South of Market) district offers a top floor Edwardian flat that sleeps up to six with quick access to nearby attractions, including Salesforce Tower. You can also book a stay with Blueground in a furnished one-bedroom apartment for classic views of the City by the Bay and plenty of natural light to help you get a great start in the morning. Plus, check out the views from this rental’s rooftop!


    Next time you visit San Francisco, why not find a vacation rental in SOMA for great views?

    Wherever you decide to travel, make sure you do it right with an experience you won’t forget. VacationRenter can help you book a stay and plan the best trip possible.

14 Ideas for a Romantic Getaway to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is a hub for beach activities and entertainment at just about every corner. Nestled between Georgetown and Little River, this resort city is a popular vacation destination during any season of the year. Consider these travel ideas for a Myrtle Beach romantic getaway.

  1. Stay by the Beach

    When the beach is high on your list, consider finding an oceanfront vacation rental just steps from the sand. A cool coastal breeze and the roar of crashing waves serves as a perfect romantic setting. Then, imagine the luxury of having almost instant access to the beach from your rental. Many private homes are located within walking distance from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

  2. Boardwalk and Promenade

    The boardwalk and promenade stretches out over a mile in length. You’ll find hipster shops and cool restaurants lining the area with beautiful views. One fantastic spot along the Boardwalk is Hurricanes Daiquiri Bar & Grill. On a hot sunny day, one of the refreshing frozen daiquiris at Hurricanes is exactly what you need to stay cool. Or for a brunch date by the Boardwalk, share a generous portion of shrimp and grits at RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar.
  3. Restaurants Galore

    You’ll find a huge variety of restaurants in Myrtle Beach. Steak houses, burger joints and laid-back beach shacks offer some of the area’s tastiest meals. A few highly rated — and equally delicious — date night restaurants to try include Fire & Smoke Gastropub, Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, and The Parson’s Table. All three restaurants accept reservations, making your romantic date night just a click away.

    For more restaurant recommendations, visit Culture Trip’s website to see their take on the top 10 restaurants in Myrtle Beach.

  4. Sunset Cruise

    Schedule a sunset cruise for a romantic evening with your loved one. With Express Watersports, $35 per person gets you an hour-long sunset cruise with complementary wine, rum punch, and small bites. Watch the sun set into the horizon as the boat coasts through the ocean.

  5. Spend a Day on the Sand

    Myrtle Beach has many sandy beaches, all of which have room to stretch out and relax. Pack a picnic, get a tan, and spend the day together basking in the sun. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen!

  6. Entertain Yourselves With A Show

    At Myrtle Beach, concerts, legendary performances, comedies, and musicals will be at your disposal. Visit the city’s very own House of Blues, which has live entertainment scheduled nightly. Advance tickets are encouraged during peak tourist season, so be sure to check the schedule as soon as you know you’re headed there. For a more low-key venue with live music, you can share a couple rounds of drinks at Tin Roof.

  7. Indulge in Spa Treatments

    Indulge in a spa treatment at Cinzia Spa for ultimate rest and relaxation. Pamper each other with a couple’s massage — among a dozen different types of massages they offer — or choose from Cinzia’s various day packages if you’re in the mood to really spoil yourselves. Plus, you can add $10 to any spa service to detox in an infrared sauna.

  8. Visit a Winery

    Tour one of the local Myrtle Beach wineries and enjoy a wine tasting for two. Duplin Winery and Coastal Carolina Winery are two popular wineries, only twenty minutes away from one another. The vineyards offer a picturesque landscape, and the wine is divine. Don’t forget to buy a bottle of vino before you head home, so you can enjoy it while winding down in your vacation rental at the end of the day.

  9. Myrtle Beach State Park

    Get back to nature at Myrtle Beach State Park for a peaceful retreat. The park’s maritime forest runs along the shore where you can walk hand-in-hand with amazing views. Nature trails allow you and your significant other to hike together in the great outdoors, away from the busy bustle of the city.

  10. Culture Yourselves With Art

    At Collector’s Cafe & Gallery, you can enjoy a fine dining experience while admiring works of art. Additionally, you’ll find more creative inspiration at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum, where they rotate exhibits in 11 different galleries. Photography, birding, the coast, and history are some of the themes and genres you’ll typically find in exhibits.
  11. Play a Few Rounds Of Golf

    Planning to hit the links? If so, Myrtle Beach has you covered with nearly 80 courses. The top three golf courses in the area are Arrowhead Country Club, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, and Prestwick Country Club. You’ll find the full list of golf courses on the Myrtle Beach Golf official website, complete with golfer ratings and tee time rates. Golf packages are popular with duffers who want to play a number of courses on one trip. Tee it up on award-winning courses while you’re on vacation, and soak up some stunning landscapes.
  12. Bond Over Fishing

    Cast a line in fresh water, or do some pier fishing to spend some quality time. Don’t worry, many of the tackle shops have rental equipment if you didn’t bring your gear. If you want to take your fishing date to the next level, charter a deep-sea excursion with Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises, who recently won a 2019 Best of North Myrtle Beach Award. If they’re all booked up due to popular demand, you can also charter a boat with Fish Hook Charters.
  13. Spoil Each Other With A Shopping Trip

    If you plan on shopping, Myrtle Beach has lots of options. Take a stroll around The Market Common and window shop until something draws you in, or visit one of Myrtle Beach’s two Tanger Outlet malls! You’ll find one outlet branch along Highway 17 and another on Highway 501. The city also has some cool locally owned boutiques and beach stores with souvenirs.
  14. Next-Level Outdoor Adventures

    If you prefer an active Myrtle Beach weekend getaway, you’ll be pleased to find many outdoor adventures here. Parasail 300 feet over the ocean for an adrenaline rush. Explore the water by paddle board or kayak with Great Escapes Kayak Expeditions, or take surfing lessons with Jack’s Surf Lessons & Board Rentals. As the old adage implies, couples who play together, stay together.

Visiting South Carolina | Planning a Myrtle Beach Family Vacation

Myrtle Beach family vacations are more than just lazy days on the beach building sandcastles and sunbathing. With a huge selection of Myrtle Beach house rentals and tons of exciting attractions, your family vacation to Myrtle Beach will become a trip everyone remembers.

The Best Time to Visit

Summertime travel to Myrtle Beach is common for families with children, so house rentals in the area are especially crowded between mid-June and the end of August. Book early to have access to the best beachfront homes and condos, or skip the summer season and head to Myrtle Beach in the late spring or early fall. Myrtle Beach’s weather is rarely too cold, or too warm, to enjoy the attractions and restaurants.

Finding a Rental to Fit the Whole Family

Myrtle Beach house rentals are a great choice for big families, or for special occasions like reunions, weddings, and gatherings with friends. Check out these tips to find big family beach house rentals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

  1. Make a List – A large house for the whole family is easy to find in an area filled with beautiful beachfront mansions and giant condos overlooking the Atlantic. If the number of bedrooms isn’t your only priority, making a list of the necessary amenities makes it easier to determine which Myrtle Beach house rentals are right for you. Private swimming pools, decks overlooking the ocean, beach access and even plenty of space for a backyard barbecue might narrow your choices when it comes to beach house rentals.
  2. Think Outside of the Box – Rather than simply searching the internet for beach house rentals in Myrtle Beach, spend a little time seeking homes that are listed on event websites. Websites that advertise rental homes for reunions and weddings have access to the largest houses in the area.

  3. Check the Fine Print – Look out for hidden fees like cleaning fees, parking fees, and most importantly, fees for additional guests. This is especially crucial if you’re planning to accommodate a big group. Also make sure the cancellation policy fits your needs so that you don’t run into surprises if something changes in your vacation plans.
  4. Pick a Point – Myrtle Beach is divided into several lovely areas, each with their own quirks and attractions. Pick your location to stick close to the attractions that you enjoy or find a portion of the beachfront that leaves you breathless. North Myrtle Beach is known for its outlet stores, large condos and resorts and the House of Blues. Other nearby areas you can look into are Atlantic Beach, Crescent Beach, and Cherry Grove Beach.

Myrtle Beach Attractions

  1. The Beach – Miles of white sand beaches and the Atlantic Ocean’s lapping waves draw visitors to North Myrtle Beach daily. The first place most people end up is the Grand Strand. This stretch of shoreline is dotted with dunes covered in sea oats and shimmering sand. It makes an ideal location for sunbathing, swimming, building sandcastles, and simply celebrating the natural beauty of South Carolina’s seashore.

    Visitors normally bring beach chairs and umbrellas to set up for a picnic while the kids surf, fish, or simply splash in the waves. Sandcastle competitions take place during the busy season in Myrtle Beach between June and August, making this a great time to explore the Grand Strand.
  2. The SkyWheel – Enjoy views of the oceanfront from up high as you brave the SkyWheel at North Ocean Boulevard. Step into one of the glass-enclosed gondolas and gasp at the stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean as you reach the top of this 200-foot attraction. The SkyWheel is the East Coast’s largest Ferris wheel and provides a light show each night as a host of LEDs are switched on.
  3. The Boardwalk – The SkyWheel is centered on the Boardwalk, so when you’ve finished taking a ride on this incredible attraction, wander either side of it to soak up the coastal atmosphere. When choosing vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach, keep in mind that this oceanfront location stretches from the 2nd Avenue Pier to 14th Avenue Pier. Enjoy open-air dining on the boardwalk with views of the pristine beach, and shop for vacation souvenirs and gifts.

  4. Myrtle Beach Waterparks – Head over to a Myrtle Beach waterpark for a day of sliding, swimming and catching the waves in the lounge pool. Wild Water & Wheels and Myrtle Waves both offer plenty of entertainment options for families with children. Kiddie areas include smaller slides for the little ones along with wading pools and waterfalls. Adults and teens love the flume rides, raft rides and roller coaster water slides that twist and turn and bring on the thrills.

  5. Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure – Conquer your fear of heights at the Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure. Zip 900 feet over a lake, swing on hanging ropes and climb rope bridges to complete courses that range from moderate to extreme. Go Ape Zip Line and Treetop Adventure does have height and weight restrictions, making it best for older children and adults. Gloves are recommended, and you can purchase them right inside the park if you forget your own pair.
  6. Take a Cruise – Whether you’re craving some time on the ocean, or itching to catch a big fish, North Myrtle Beach boat tours are the perfect way to enjoy the Atlantic ocean. The Sea Thunder or Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruises take you on a two-hour narrated tour of the Myrtle Beach shoreline with plenty of dolphin encounters along the way.
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    Guests are encouraged to wear clothing that dries quickly, in addition to bringing snacks and refreshments in a soft-sided cooler. Strollers are not allowed on the boats, but there is plenty of space for the kids. Deep sea fishing charters and even a pirate cruise are available from Myrtle Beach marinas. If you prefer to stick to kayaks, contact Gator Bait Adventures and explore the nooks and crannies of the North Myrtle Beach wetlands.

  7. Mini Golf – Known as the “seaside golf capital of the world,” Myrtle Beach is a good place to perfect your putt. Mini golf courses are found scattered around the city and include fun themes like jungle adventures and pirate coves. Life-sized elephants and crocodiles with toothy grins are part of the hazards encountered at Myrtle Beach mini golf courses. There are roughly ten mini golf courses in the area, including Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf and Dragon’s Lair Family Golf. Most of these attractions are open year-round, making them a great choice for families with children when the beach gets boring.


  8. Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge – The Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge is home to fish, migrating birds, and even wild animals that are native to the South Carolina coast. Explore the 30,000-acre park by hiking, biking, and boating. You can also check out the environmental education center where children learn about native species and wander through the exhibits. The Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge offers maps for hiking and checklists to help you discover the native wildlife while you explore tidal marshes and forested wetlands.
  9. Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Splashes – No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete without a visit to Family Kingdom. The amusement park is home to over 35 rides, including the iconic Swamp Fox roller coaster. Many of the rides are suitable for almost all ages. During the warmer months, you may want to spend an extra day at Family Kingdom’s sister park, Splashes. The water park sits right on the ocean, and has slides, flumes, a lazy river and a special area for little kids.

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  10. Myrtle Beach State Park – Myrtle Beach’s most popular attraction might just be the actual beach. After all, it’s in the name. One excellent place to experience is Myrtle Beach State Park. Enjoy some peace and quiet and take in the natural setting of the coast when you explore trails that take you through the maritime forest. The park is considered an excellent spot for fishing, and it’s home to places where you can camp, picnic, swim, bird watch, bike, ride horses, and enjoy other activities. There’s even a playground for the kids!


  11. Alligator Adventure – Animal enthusiasts in your family will enjoy a trip to Alligator Adventure. Check out the gators and other wild creatures that reside at the park in North Myrtle Beach. The residents include Bob the Tailless Gator and multiple albino alligators. There are also crocodiles, exotic birds, monkeys, hyenas, reptiles, amphibians, and other critters. You’ll even get to meet Utan, the largest-known crocodile in the Unites States — weighing over 2,000 pounds and is 18 feet long.

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Myrtle Beach Pet-Friendly Rentals | Local Tips & Tricks

Myrtle Beach is the centerpiece of a 60-mile stretch lined with white sand, towering condos, bold beach houses, and old-fashioned boardwalks, also known as the Grand Strand. This vacation hub draws thousands of visitors from all over the world seeking an escape by the Atlantic Ocean.

Among those visitors are many four-legged companions! If you’re seeking a pet-friendly escape, Myrtle Beach is a great place for animals who love the beach. Follow these tips to create the best pet-friendly family vacation in Myrtle Beach.

Pet-Friendly Myrtle Beach Vacation Homes

Good news is, a number of Myrtle Beach vacation homes will welcome your pets! These vacation rentals typically have unique policies regarding rentals to parties who bring their pets along. Expect policies to dictate the number of pets allowed, breeds that are welcome, and the size of the pets allowed at each rental unit. You will likely need to pay an extra fee to book with your pets, and you may also need to pay an additional security deposit.

Tips for Letting Your Pets Tag Along

There are several places in Myrtle Beach where you and your furry friend can spend some quality time on vacation. These pet-friendly tips will make your holiday in Myrtle Beach both rewarding and fun.

  1. Follow the Rules

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    Although your pet-friendly vacation rental is a terrific place to let your four-legged friend run free, you’ll need to follow the rules when you head to the beach. The City of Myrtle Beach allows leashed dogs on beaches before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. between May 1st and Labor Day every September. During the remaining times of the year, leashed dogs can be on the beach and the boardwalk at any time, and you are always responsible for cleaning up after your pet.

  2. Head to the “Barc Parc”

    Even though you’re probably concentrating on making your Myrtle Beach vacation a breeze for the whole family, don’t forget adding in fun for your canine friend. Dog parks — also known as Barc Parcs — are located conveniently near Grand Park, and just north of the beach. Plan to burn off some of that excess doggy energy at the Barc Parc and choose a vacation rental that is within walking distance to make your life that much easier.
  3. Check Out Barefoot Landing

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    Situated near the Intracoastal Waterway, filled with live music and pet-friendly restaurants, Barefoot Landing makes Myrtle Beach even better for families with pets. Although the beaches are beautiful, a vacation rental near Barefoot Landing puts you right in the middle of all the exciting nightlife and delicious food. One fantastic pet-friendly restaurant in the area is Greg Norman Australian Grille, where you can dine on the patio with your leashed canine, while enjoying a view of the water. Just about 20 minutes outside of Myrtle Beach, this area is a suitable choice for evening fun.

  4. Other Pet-Friendly Places

    More restaurants and pubs have pet-friendly accommodations in their outdoor seating areas, including Boardwalk Billy’s and 8th Ave Tiki Bar & Grill. Dog boarding facilities like Camp Bow Wow are also available with services like overnight stays, grooming, and washing and even dog walking for days spent without your favorite furry buddy.

Don’t Forget To Bring the Essentials

Although Myrtle Beach rentals might have all the items you need to enjoy a family vacation on the Grand Strand, there might be some pet-friendly articles missing from the inventory. Be prepared and pack the following items to ensure your furry family member has a wonderful vacation too:

  • your pet’s favorite food
  • leashes and/or collars
  • proof of vaccinations and licensing
  • a favorite dog towel for ocean swims
  • pet waste-removal bags
  • a kennel (if you plan on leaving your pet at the beach house while you have dinner or spend a day in the shops)

Not only will you fall in love with Myrtle Beach, but your four-legged family member is sure to love it too. Settle into your vacation home so that everyone is comfortable, and then get out to enjoy everything there is to see and do on the Grand Strand of South Carolina.

Click here for more pet-friendly cities to travel to in the United States.

When to Visit Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach: A Seasonal Guide

Ocean Lakes campground is packed with a year-round activity calendar. Craft events, dance festivals and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. Combine that with the mild Myrtle Beach weather, and you’ll find it to be a great place to vacation any month of the year.

Summer at Ocean Lakes Campground

In the summer, temperatures can soar to almost triple digits. July is typically the hottest month, with an average high of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 71 degrees. Ocean Lakes has a mile of shoreline, so summer is the time perfect to hit the beach. The Splash Zone at the Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center is loaded with fun slides, splash areas and fountains.

If your little ones can’t get enough of Ocean Lakes, you can sign them up for Kamp Starfish which runs daily from June until August. Kamp Starfish even hosts Kid’s Night Out events from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, specially planned so mom and dad can have a date night to themselves on vacation. Lastly, bluegrass fans are welcome to join the annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend, a two day event packed with live music performances by award winning bands.

Traveling to Ocean Lakes in the Fall

Kids can try out Sandy’s Down Under Skate Board Park, play miniature golf at Sandy Harbor, or ride bikes in the fall. If you don’t bring your bikes, rentals are available at the park. The family-friendly campground spans more than 300 acres, where you can play bocce ball, shuffleboard, or enjoy the outdoors. Plus, Ocean Lakes has an added benefit of an on-site security team to help keep families safe.

In September, Ocean Lakes hosts a Gospel Weekend that focuses on inspirational music, and is open to all Ocean Lake guests for anyone yearning to refresh their soul. This weekend-long event is completely free to attend. Then, once October rolls around, Ocean Lakes has not one — not two — but three Halloweekends for the kids to embrace the Halloween spirit all month long! Each weekend consists of costume contests, pumpkin carving, and trick or treating. Many flock to Ocean Lakes to turn this annual event into a family tradition.

Winter by the Beach

January is usually the coldest month in Myrtle Beach, with an average low of 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and high of 55. A little cold doesn’t slow down the fun at Ocean Lakes Myrtle Beach, which has plenty of indoor facilities and outdoor entertainment. There’s the annual Polar Bear Plunge for those who aren’t afraid of cold water. This yearly event draws hundreds of people who take a dip in the ocean on New Year’s Eve.

If you prefer to be a little warmer, the indoor pool is open year-round with water aerobics classes offered at various times. Campground guests can also take painting or ceramic classes, depending on the schedule. During President’s Day Weekend, Ocean Lakes has a Beach N’ Boogie event, to dance your cares away on the beach!

Visiting Ocean Lakes During Spring Break

Spring is a busy time for families on spring break, and there’s much to do. Hit the links at Prestwick Country Club about a mile from the campground. The golf course boasts 72 holes and Ocean Lakes guests can often receive a discounted rate through the Ocean Lakes recreation office. The recreation office is a good stop before heading out to attractions in the Myrtle Beach area, as the staff keeps coupons and info readily available.

The spring season is a great time of year to go fishing, play volleyball, ping-pong, and to let the kids have full use of the outdoor playground. Next time you want to a beach getaway during spring break, you should definitely consider coming to Ocean Lakes.

Ocean Lakes Holiday Festivities

Bring the whole family to Ocean Lakes to celebrate the holidays. Leading up to Christmas, you’ll find events like breakfast with Santa, tree trimming, gingerbread house making and Christmas bingo. Easter activities include lunch with the Easter Bunny and an Easter field day for families. Nondenominational church services are offered on Sundays with Bible studies also available.

No matter which season you decide on for your trip, you can choose from campsites, beach houses and trailer rentals with conveniences like Wi-Fi, water, sewer and cable.

Top 7 Locations to Search for Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

Choosing a place to stay in Myrtle Beach opens up lots of options. The wide beaches known as the Grand Strand stretch from north to south, offering plenty of dining options, attractions, and vacation rentals for lodging. Plus, most areas have free public parking to get to the beach. Here are some ideas to help you find the right lodging accommodations for your Myrtle Beach vacation.

Where to Find the Best Rentals in Myrtle Beach

  1. North Myrtle Beach
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    North Myrtle Beach is an area suited for everyone ⁠— families, groups, couples, singles, and pets! Families can play plenty of miniature golf and try one of the many restaurants offering buffets for dinner, such as Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant. Non-buffet options in the area include Martini, a fabulous upscale restaurant that offers seasonal food specials; Filet’s, a big hang-out on the waterway with happy hour deals; and Captain Archie’s is a local find that’s off the beaten path.

  2. Atlantic Beach
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    Home of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest and one of the most historic areas of North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach offers a wide selection of privately owned rental condos with rates that are highest during the summer season. Resorts and private beach houses are also plentiful in the Atlantic Beach area, making it easy to find vacation rentals regardless of the size of your family.

  3. Crescent Beach
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    A local favorite, Crescent Beach is considered one of the prettiest beaches on the Grand Strand. Sparkling white sands and the gentle waves of the Atlantic Ocean make Crescent Beach an excellent choice for your family vacation. Visitors enjoy check out local attractions such as Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf.

  4. Little River


    Little River is tucked away, less accessible the beach, but has a view of the waterway. You can take a boat tour or go sailing if you decide to stay on this side of town. Shopaholics can visit Sea Island Trading Company, a trendy boutique that sells women’s clothing. Patio’s Tiki Bar is a cool outdoor restaurant located on the waterway. Plus, you can try out one of the public golf courses in Little River such as the Eagle Nest Golf Club as well.

  5. Ocean Drive
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    Clean and uncrowded, the Ocean Drive area puts you within walking distance of the Ocean Drive Pavilion Amusement Park. The OD Pavilion Amusement Park is the heart of North Myrtle Beach with a towering ferris wheel, live music, arcade games and unforgettable food. Keep in mind that the park gets noisy, especially during the peak season between mid-June and the end of August, so Ocean Drive beaches tend to be a little less tranquil than other areas of Grand Strand. Visitors to this area of the beach have the option of charming oceanfront villas or condo rentals with lovely views of the sparkling white sands of the Grand Strand.

  6. Cherry Grove Beach
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    Modern Myrtle Beach vacation rentals and pretty beachfront cottages dot the shores of Cherry Grove Beach. This section of North Myrtle Beach offers access to top-rated golf courses, all-inclusive vacation resorts like sister properties Avista Resort and Prince Resort, as well as stylish fashion boutiques ⁠— all just an added bonus to the various fun beach spots. For a more upscale getaway to Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove Beach is the place to be.

  7. Windy Hill


    The western edge of North Myrtle Beach includes Windy Hill Beach, with its tranquil cove and pretty inlets, perfect for watching the waves and wandering the soft sands. Surrounded by North Myrtle Beach rentals, Windy Hill Beach is comprised mainly of families spending their vacation exploring the area and enjoying the attractions.

Types of Rentals in Myrtle Beach

When staying by the water is your top goal for a Myrtle Beach vacation, you’re in luck. You’ll find plentiful options for oceanfront beach house rentals. The area also has an abundance of resorts, condos, and hotels by the water. Oceanfront accommodations will assure you easy access to the sand during your stay.

  1. Beachfront House Rentals
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    As you sift through oceanfront house rentals in the area, you’ll find both privately owned and managed homes and houses that are rented and managed by professional property management companies. Most oceanfront homes will surround you in unsurpassed luxury. Typical amenities include views of the ocean from an elevated deck, pools, hot tubs, and private access to the beach via walkways or boardwalks.

  2. Condo Rentals

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    Condominium communities are also prevalent along the coastline in the Grand Strand. These communities are often gated for the security of guests and residents. From your condo in the private community, you’ll have access to amenities within the community as well as the shoreline, giving you many things to do in Myrtle Beach. You’ll likely find community pools, hot tubs, fitness centers, game rooms, and sometimes even tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and volleyball courts. Views from your condo might either be courtyard or oceanfront.
  3. Oceanfront Hotels & Resorts

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    A number of prestigious oceanfront resorts are also available in the area. These resorts are known for providing every luxury to pamper and entertain vacationers. Private balconies in suites or rooms will overlook the ocean, giving you a front-row seat to view the sand and water. A few steps from the resort, you’ll have your toes in the sand, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy fun in the sun.

    Many hotels are also available in the Myrtle Beach area with oceanfront access. The hotels vary in size and price; some are more modest, and others more upscale. No matter which hotel fits your budget, you will enjoy the views and the easy access to the beach and other Myrtle Beach attractions. Some hotels also feature pools, on-site restaurants and gift shops.

  4. Pet-Friendly Options
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    Some vacation rentals in Myrtle Beach allow pets, keeping in mind size restrictions and additional deposits. Usually, there’s a pet fee to cover carpet cleaning and any accidental damages. If you plan to bring your dog, check to learn about the beach laws for having pets on the beach. Depending on the time of year, there are usually time limitations as to when they can be on the beach with you. Leash laws are almost always in effect. One helpful tip is to check to see if the rental has a closed in fence area to let your dog roam without escaping.

    Interested in other pet-friendly cities? Find the top 25 pet-friendly U.S. cities here!

Vacation Rentals in the Seattle Area | What to Consider

Staying in a vacation rental in Seattle is a great way to experience the city. You can accommodate your whole family without cramming everyone into a single room or spending money on multiple rooms and enjoy comforts like couches, kitchens and patios. However, before you commit to a property, there are a few things you should consider.

Ideal Location

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As is the case with finding a home in your own city, location is everything. Where you base yourself dictates the cost of your vacation, what kinds of activity options you have during your downtime, and it can even affect the overall mood of your vacation. Click here to browse though a complete neighborhood guide, and keep reading for our top suggestions.

Central Seattle

If you want to stay close to all the action, your best get is to book a vacation rental in Central Seattle. To start, check out Downtown or Capitol Hill. Both these areas are packed with things to do, all within walking distance. Downtown, you’ll find the famous Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. Capitol Hill, on the other hand, is a trendy neighborhood with various boutiques, cocktail lounges and coffee shops that are full of life from day to night. Another great area to stay on the west side of Capitol Hill is South Lake Union. There, you can find a spacious rental by the water.

North Seattle

This part of Seattle is best suited for families traveling together. Two family-friendly neighborhoods include Windermere on the northeast side, and Westlake on the northwest side. Windermere is a residential area that’s further north from downtown. The neighborhood is extremely safe and quiet, with gorgeous homes, making it a perfect place for families to stay. Additionally, Westlake is — you guessed it — west of Lake Union. You’ll find a variety of apartments and homes to rent, with easy access to the downtown area via bus or car. On a nice day, you can even head over to the lake and rent a boat for a fun day out on Lake Union.

Proximity to Public Transportation, Major Roads and Shopping

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Once you’ve chosen a neighborhood, it’s time to get into the specifics. When looking at different vacation rental properties, pay attention to where they are situated in the area. Seattle’s public transportation is excellent, and staying near a bus stop or Monorail station can save lots of time when you set off to various attractions around the city. If you plan on driving while you’re in town, find out which major road connections are in the area.

The I-5 is famously packed going into the city, especially during rush hour, so you may want to choose routes that are less popular with commuters. Shopping options are also important, especially if you don’t want to drive. Having your own kitchen is one of the best parts of staying in a vacation home, but you don’t want to spend your precious hours hauling heavy groceries back to your rental.

Rental Policies


Whether you’re on the lookout for a Seattle luxury vacation rental or you’re booking a budget trip, rental policies can have a huge effect on your stay. Most owners set out rules about pets, smoking, payments, cancellations, minimum stay, guest ages and damage deposits, and paying attention to these prevents surprises from happening during your vacation. If you’re renting an apartment or home in a residential area, there may also be policies on quiet hours and use of common areas.

Parking Options

Seattle is notorious for its shortage of parking, and depending where you are, it may be hard to find public parking. If you’re looking at a vacation apartment, check to see if the property has parking spaces available. Even if you have your heart set on staying in a house, double check to see if there’s a driveway or street parking where you can keep your car. If you’re traveling as a group and have more than one car, also ask if there are enough spaces to accommodate everyone.

Timing Preference


If you haven’t booked a ticket or your vacation time yet, you should also think about when you want to go on your Washington adventure. In terms of weather, summer is the best time to visit Seattle. The city gets rainy most of the year, but things are drier in June, July and August. The weather is a mixed bag in May and September, but there are still lots of nice days to go around. March, April and May tend to be more affordable, so those are good months to travel if you’re on a budget.

Your Guide To Planning Weekend Trips From Seattle, Washington

Seattle itself is surrounded by a variety of gorgeous places, perfect for weekend trips away from the city. If you’re in the Seattle area and looking for a quieter place to escape, you don’t have to look far to find fantastic options. From quaint coastal cities to lush forests ⁠— there’s a wide range of different sights within a few hours of the city limits. Check out these five options below for an amazing weekend adventure!

  1. San Juan Islands
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    The San Juan Islands offer spectacular coastal views, and an island destination makes a perfect place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Washington State Ferries has several convenient routes from Anacortes, which is around an hour and a half from Seattle. San Juan Island and Orcas Island are the largest and most popular destinations, but Shaw and Lopez Islands are also wonderful places to visit. Spend your weekend going on whale-watching tours, relaxing on the beach and enjoying delicious local seafood.

  2. Port Townsend

    If spending the weekend in a quaint coastal town is up your alley, Port Townsend makes a great choice. This Jefferson County town has a historic harbor that was a key shipping hub in the region in the late 19th century, and many downtown buildings are full of Victorian charm. Today, this town attracts artists and craftspeople in droves, so you’re bound to find lots of unique souvenirs to take home.

  3. Victoria, British Columbia

    You don’t have to wait for hours at the Peace Arch to visit Canada; the Clipper ferry takes you to the beautiful coastal city of Victoria on Vancouver Island in just under three hours. This passenger ferry runs from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria, so you won’t miss your car while you’re away. Spend the weekend exploring historic downtown streets, browsing independent stores and admiring the city’s many stunning gardens. Victoria is famous for its British flair, so be sure to try some fish and chips and tea while you’re in town.

  4. Leavenworth
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    Leavenworth looks like it was teleported straight from Bavaria, and it offers great German cuisine to match. Sample schnitzel, bratwurst, beer and mustard while browsing stores filled with cuckoo clocks and beer steins. The area around town also has a wealth of activities to offer, including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking and sampling the goods at the region’s many wineries.

  5. Olympic National Park

    Olympic National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with miles of trail that wind through temperate rainforests, mountains, beaches, alpine meadows and lakes. If you want to experience the wonders of the Pacific Northwest wilderness, this is one of the best weekend trips from Seattle you can do. You can drive from Seattle to its southeastern borders in just a couple of hours, so you can easily see the park as a day trip. However, if you want to escape in the wilderness for the entire weekend, Port Angeles has plenty of accommodations and offers great access to the park.

Transportation & Lodging


Once you’ve decided on your weekend trip destination, it’s time to start planning the rest of your trip. There’s two modes of transportation that will make your trip worthwhile: taking a road trip in your own trusty vehicle or having a hassle-free experience on a train.

If you opt for a road trip excursion, you can even consider VacationRenter’s very own northwest road trip route, which hits four out of five of the beautiful locations listed above! If you prefer to travel by rail, you can escape town via Amtrak or Rocky Mountaineer.

Lastly, it’s time to find a place to stay. Book a cozy vacation rental at any of these five locations in no time using VacationRenter. Our easy-to-use website finds all the top rental properties from the travel industry’s leading website and puts them into one place, making your trip planning experience much easier.

So, who’s ready for an adventure?

Unique Vacations | Houseboat Rentals in Seattle, Washington

There’s more to a Seattle vacation than the Space Needle, the original Starbucks, the Seattle International Film Festival and Bite of Seattle. The city has a little bit of everything for everyone, including top-choice food and dining, hiking, wildlife and cool accommodations. You might be surprised to learn that there are a lot of options when it comes to houseboat rentals.

Whether you plan to visit the city for a music festival, a relative’s wedding, or you’re simply exploring, you can book your vacation accommodations on a houseboat and make your stay more memorable.

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Different Types Of Houseboats

With Seattle being a metropolitan city surrounded by water on two sides, having a houseboat rental just fits the vibe. These are the four options available for floating accommodations in Seattle. Don’t worry about the technical terms, just get a feel for what you’ll be looking at when picking a rental.

  1. Houseboat

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    The classic houseboat — it’s a seaworthy vessel that’s primarily a living space. You can pilot these down a canal or into another marina, but it isn’t really built for seafaring. These are generally the size of a good-quality trailer home, with excellent use of space inside. You’ll find a bathroom, cooking and living space, plus at least one bedroom. Most houseboats can be found settled on Lake Union!

  2. Floating Home


    A floating home isn’t a houseboat, it’s actually a normal-looking house that floats on top of a platform. Seattle’s floating home community primarily lies on the east side of Lake Union, right along Fairview Avenue East. Utilities of these floating homes are connected via mechanisms on land, and the house doesn’t move or do any special tricks. Remember the movie “Sleepless in Seattle?” That was a floating home — and a nice one, too. These aren’t navigable, but they are unique. Given a traditional design, they can also be a bit more comfortable for those unused to living on water.

  3. Barge Home


    A barge home is similar to the floating home, except that instead of a simple platform, the house is stationed atop a barge. Barge homes are also a part of Seattle’s Floating Homes Association. Utilities are detachable and the house can theoretically be moved from place to place via the barge controls, but as a renter you’ll just be keeping it where you found it. The upside to barge homes is that they can be pretty spacious. You might not notice them right away because they look like normal, land-bound houses.

  4. Vessel with a Dwelling

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    A vessel with a dwelling is essentially a boat whose purpose is both sea navigation and accommodation. Primarily, this is a boat that has a space to sleep, but that space is not very big. It’s okay for a night or so, but probably not for a long-term stay unless you plan to sail around the coast. Maybe that’s exactly what you’ve got in mind — in which case, give it a go.

Advantages Of Renting A Houseboat

  1. Houseboats Are Budget-Friendly

    Even the most basic hotel room — when booked at the wrong time — can cost more than you expect. Since most people don’t consider renting houseboats for vacations, however, these floating rental spaces are pretty affordable. On average, you should be able to find houseboat rentals between $70 to 150 per night. What’s more, the inner layout of each boat can be different, meaning there’s a good chance you’ll have separate living space to enjoy outside of the bedrooms.

  2. Great Location
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    An affordable hotel room might be tucked away in a strange part of the city, but a vacationr houseboat is much more likely to dock near the amenities you need. In many cases, you’ll be able to find a boat in just the neighborhood you wanted to explore the most. Not to mention — no long walk or commute to the waterfront.

  3. The View
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    When was the last time you woke up in a lake-view hotel room and didn’t cringe at the thought of the bill? For most people, it’s been a long time. When you rent a vacation houseboat, you get to enjoy the prime scenery as well as become a part of it.

  4. Privacy

    Once you’ve got the keys to the boat, you’re free to relax and enjoy your vacation without worrying about concierges, front-desk conversations and cleaning services interrupting you. Just chill and plan your day in your pajamas before heading out for a nice big brunch.
  5. All-Hours Access
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    You’ve likely experienced one or two late-night returns to the hotel only to find the doors get locked at 10:00 p.m. Houseboat rentals don’t work that way. You can come and go as you please without feeling vaguely guilty for having to disturb someone to get into your room.

    Try something fresh and new on your next Seattle vacation. Check out all the rentals you could potentially have on the waterfront, take note how close they are to the great shopping and spectacles of Seattle and ask yourself, “Why not?”

Visiting Seattle | Helpful Tips for a Stress-Free Trip

Staying stress-free is a breeze when you take a some time to strategize your Seattle trip. Explore these tips to help you have a hassle-free trip to the Emerald City.

Planning Your Trip

  1. How to Get There

    A quick flight from home to your Seattle vacation saves the bulk of your vacation days for fun. Choose your mode of transportation to suit your budget and your vacation plan. Driving to your Seattle trip means that you have your car available to get from your vacation home rental to the Seattle Space Needle without taking public transportation. Your last option would be to take a train up the coast, and make your time spent traveling a part of the fun.
  2. Pick A Date, Any Date

    Travel dates that include holidays mean higher prices and more crowds at all the places you want to go. Many airlines and vacation rental services offer lower rates during the slower seasons. Visit Seattle in September and October for great weather, whale watching, and less wait time for the best attractions.
  3. Travel Agents Make It Easy

    Pick a travel agent who specializes Seattle to help you to get the best rates and a great idea of what lodging and sight-seeing choices are available during your vacation dates. Travel agents provide everything from driving directions to reservations and even trip tickets. Working with a Seattle trip planner means having someone who knows the city helping you see the best that it offers.
  4. Make a House Your Home


    Seattle vacation planning requires setting up a home base. Rent a vacation home, and settle in with home-cooked meals that save you cash. Keep in mind that resorts, home rentals, and hotels tend to have the best prices outside of the holiday seasons. Some neighborhoods you’ll find great rental options include Capitol Hill and Ballard.

  5. Plan for Everything

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    Make a list of the things you want to do during your Seattle vacation. Whale watching, plenty of shopping, world class restaurants, exciting museums, and unique Seattle attractions are just a few of the reasons to visit the Emerald City. Decide which day trips are most important to you, and make a list of “must see” landmarks. Seattle has dozens of amazing museums, but some top suggestions include the ever-so relatable Museum of Pop Culture, and the Instagram-famous Chihuly Garden and Glass.

  6. Dress for Success

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    Once you determine the dates for your Seattle trip, be sure to pack clothing that suits the season. Cold and rainy winters mean adding a raincoat to the suitcase to stay cozy. While the summers require less coverage, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. But no matter what time of year you’re visiting, comfortable walking shoes make all the difference as you roam through Seattle’s city streets.

  7. Pick up a Seattle CityPASS

    Whether you’re spending a single weekend in the city, or taking a month-long sabbatical, some sights are just begging to be seen. The Seattle CityPASS gives you admission into the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, and an Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour for less than $100. Additionally, with the Seattle CityPASS, you have the choice to obtain admission to either the Museum of Pop Culture or the Woodland Park Zoo; and Chihuly Garden and Glass or the Pacific Science Center.
  8. Think Outside of the Coffee Bag


    Visit the first Starbucks location in Seattle, and grab a Grande blonde roast. On certain Sundays you can go sailing for free at the Center for Wooden Boats, or check out some of the surprising houseboats that are cruising around Puget Sound. Be brave and skip battling the crowds at the Space Needle for something slightly more unusual. Head to Freemont to tour the Theo Chocolate Factory for a tasty treat or enjoy a little live music at one of dozens of Seattle music festivals throughout the year.

Best Areas to Stay

Before you finalize your Seattle, Washington vacation, think about these rental tips and what you want to spend your time doing in the city.

  1. Stick to the Center for Less Commuting and More Fun
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    The city center is packed with great things to see and do. Choose a rental home, apartment or hotel here and you’ll be within walking distance of The Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children’s Theater, Intiman Theater, the Space Needle and a big park space that hosts community events and festivals. You’ll also find lots of breakfast and lunch spots, plus some great dinnertime options.

  2. Foodies Should Check into the International District

    The International District also goes by the name Chinatown, in reference to the large Asian-American population. Given Seattle’s position along the rim of the Pacific Ocean, the city has been a popular destination for Asian tourists and immigrants for a long time. Thanks to the influx of outside cultures, Seattle’s International District features various Asian and ethnic restaurants, food markets and import stores. It’s a great place to explore new foods, pick up some fun imported products and visit the large Hing Hay Park.

  3. Book at the Waterfront for Views, Cruises, Vendors and Crowds

    The Waterfront is probably the most popular tourist destination when it comes to Seattle. Because of that, the area is pretty crowded and prices tend to be higher in shops and restaurants. That said, this is a very beautiful area with stunning views and direct access to ferries and boat tours. Walking tours also meet along the waterfront. If you’re willing to battle the crowds, this neighborhood could be right for you. The streets are filled with taffy and T-shirt vendors, so you won’t risk going home without souvenirs.

  4. Keep the Costs Down and the Atmosphere Electric in the University District

    The neighborhood surrounding the University of Washington – The University District – is the home front for university students, young people and travelers in search of a lively atmosphere. Costs are low here, but quality is high. Look here for trendy eateries, welcoming pubs and cafés, plus indie-style shops. In this neighborhood you can catch a football game at Husky Stadium and join the tailgate party. Yachts and trucks are, of course, welcome here. Meany Hall will keep you entertained with plays, musical shows and dance numbers, while Lake Union can cater to your outdoor needs.

  5. Soak Up Seattle History in Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market

    Pioneer Square is Seattle’s historical district, in which you will find some of the city’s oldest buildings and urban architecture. Join a tour here to learn about the Great Fire of 1871, the local Gold Rush and the industrial sites that helped shape the city. At Pike Place Market you can shop for the freshest fish, produce and bakery items, plus arts, crafts and specialty items.

Ready to make the most out of your Seattle trip? Take the first step with VacationRenter today!