Tourism Program

A man and a blonde woman at Marina Park looking out over the marina

The City Manager’s Office oversees the Tourism Program (in conjunction with the Economic Development Program) with the primary goal of attracting visitors to Kirkland in order to sustain a vibrant and healthy economy. The Tourism Program is funded by the Lodging Excise Tax collected from one percent of short-term accommodations as authorized by state statute RCW 67.28.180.

The City Manager’s Office also provides staff support to the Tourism Development Committee (TDC) whose role is to provide recommendations on the use of the lodging tax funds and help guide Tourism Program priorities. For more about the Tourism Development Committee and its work to enhance tourism in Kirkland, visit the Tourism Development Committee webpage. 


Kirkland is a vibrant, lakeside oasis that buzzes with Northwest spirit, welcomes with relaxed charm and showcases water views at every turn. Just east of Seattle, the delightful downtown core offers a pedestrian-friendly mix of boutiques, locally owned coffee shops, health and beauty spas and an eclectic mix of award-winning dining. An extensive network of parks connects Kirkland’s diverse and intrepid urbanites with nature and recreation. World class entertainment and galleries beckon culture lovers. Business and leisure travelers alike unwind on our shores and choose their own adventures; on foot, by bicycle or boat, or by the fire with wineglass in hand. We are a dynamic city, alive with the arts, at home with our enterprising heritage, and in love with our unique lifestyle. Come and unwind, come and experience, come and stay.

Visit the Explore Kirkland website to plan your stay.

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