6 miles - 10 minutes

Kirkland is located on the shores of Lake Washington just north of Bellevue and is known for its waterfront parks, stunning views, art galleries, boutique shopping, and dining. From Bellevue, visitors can drive north on Bellevue Way until it becomes Lake Washington Boulevard which continues to downtown Kirkland. No other city in the Puget Sound region has as many waterfront parks and beaches as Kirkland. Kirkland is also home to award-winning hotels, wineries and restaurants and hosts a dynamic repertoire of events spanning art openings and performances to athletic events, wine festivals and outdoor concerts.

Top Kirkland Activities:

  • Relax on the beach, watch the sun set across the water, take a dip in the lake, or play beach volleyball at one of Kirkland's waterfront parks
  • Catch a music, theatre, or dance performance at the Kirkland Performance Center
  • Rent a paddleboard, kayak, powerboat, or jet ski and spend a day out on the water
  • Tour Lake Washington aboard an Argosy cruise
  • Discover a mix of art and wine at The Alley, a collection of art galleries and wineries
  • Browse the stylish furniture shops, decorative art and novelty stores, and one-of-a-kind clothing boutiques in Kirkland's charming downtown
  • Venture down the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a 5.75-mile abandoned rail line that transverses Kirkland from South Kirkland to Totem Lake
  • Kirkland is home to a variety of events including outdoor performances, summer festivals, and athletic events. Click here to view the Kirkland event calendar
  • For more information about things to do in Kirkland, click here visit the Explore Kirkland website