Brushing up against the southern stretches of the Puget Sound and overlooked by Mount Rainier, the city of Lacey, Wash., is the epitome of the Pacific Northwest's unparalleled natural splendor. Whether residents are kayaking in the sound, hitting the links at one of several local golf courses or headed farther afield for backcountry hiking, homes for rent in Lacey offer access to the best of the outdoors. And, with the state capitol, Olympia, next door, it's a convenient community for area commuters.
With a number of outdoor areas right on Lacey's doorstep, families have access to a wide variety of activities, from bird watching at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge to scuba diving at Tolmie State Park. The Puget Sound waterfront is ideal for kayaking and other water sports, while Lacey's commercial center offers plentiful shopping, dining and arts opportunities. The local college, Saint Martin's University, provides a beautiful, walkable campus and contributes cultural opportunities to the city year-round.