Kirkland lake, WA, Seattle's Nearby Escape

Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United Statesof America. It is a suburb of Seattle on the Eastside of Lake Washington.

Features of the city include the unique downtown waterfront (the only Eastside downtown frontage along Lake Washington's shoreline), with restaurants, art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, public parks, including beaches, and a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures.

My son and my mother

My son: Sam

The beautiful town of Kirkland is across Lake Washington from that metropolis to the west, and a combination of urban scenery, suburban gentility, and sheer nature that makes it worth the price of admission.

My mother

During the summer, local residents of neighboring cities flock to Kirkland to visit Kirkland's many waterfront parks on Lake Washington. Kirkland has neighborhood parks as well, contains a corner of Saint Edward State Park, and abuts the equestrian Bridle Trails State Park. The waterfront parks are linked by a paved trail which is open till dusk. Juanita Bay Park is another major park in Kirkland, and is a tourist attraction.


Kirkland is located on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, just 12 miles east of Seattle via the I-90 or the I-520 Evergreen Point floating bridge, and 20 miles from SeaTac International Airport. For details on public transportation and routes, visit or call (206) 553-3000.

The City of Kirkland and Carillon Point marinas offer guest moorage with excellent access to downtown shops and dining, waterfront parks, overnight accommodations, and local events. Kirkland’s Marina Park and 2nd Street docks are year-round transient moorage facilities available on a first-come, first served basis. Additionally, Argosy offers year-round scenic cruises of Lake Washington and the surrounding area.

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