Beautiful views, supportive people, luxurious stay, a lot of shopping, great cuisine, comfortable transportation, nice weather, numerous places to play, that’s all a visitor desires from the places he is visiting. Bellevue, the 5th largest city of Washington and retail center of King County’s Eastside, offers everything listed above and takes the satisfaction level of the visitors sky high. As a matter of fact, you can expect the environment of Bellevue to be supportive as it has the most highly educated residents in the whole state of Washington. Bellevue is located near Seattle in western Washington and Money Magazine ranked this city number 4 on the list of Best Places to Live in 2012. Bellevue was incorporated as a city in 1953 with a population of around 5000 people and the retailers and merchants started to show their interest in its economy during 1946. The journey of 140 years has been quite inspiring as it has traveled a long way from a forest to a globally recognized city.
The climate of Bellevue is fairly warm and temperate and continuous rainfalls are experienced in winters. The average temperature varies from 10 degrees to 25 degrees around the year. August is the warmest month of the year with average temperature of 20 degrees and January is the coldest month with 4.2 degrees. The best time to visit Bellevue is between March and July when the weather remains favorable most of the time.
How to get here?
The nearest airport to the city of Bellevue is Seattle Tacoma International Airport which receives a lot of flights, serving 27 airlines, from United States and rest of the world. It is located just 17 miles from the Bellevue downtown. From the airport you can easily get shuttle service, shared ride vans, charters, limos and many other public transportation. You can also reach Bellevue by bus or train as there is Link Light Rail routes between Bellevue and other cities. Reaching here by car is also not very difficult as lots of highways are connected together.
Accommodation and Food
There are a lot more lodging options in Bellevue than its neighbor cities and it offers every type of accommodation whether its luxurious 4 star hotels or an affordable hostel or apartment. There are more than 4500 rooms available in the city, out of which 2500 are located right in the heart of the city. Some of the best are Hyatt Regency, Westin, Hilton Sheraton, Courtyard, Marriott Residence Inn, Red Lion Hotel, Ace Hotel, Sorrento Hotel, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Coast Bellevue Hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hotel Bellevue, Days Inn, Embassy Suites Seattle Bellevue Hotel, Extended Stay America, Larkspur Landing Bellevue Hotel, Silver Cloud Hotel and many others.
You will be stormed away from the tasty food and exotic drinks here along with outdoor seating, live music and happy hours. There are hundreds of eating spots from sandwich stalls to 4 star chef restaurants. Salmon and Dungeness Crab is mostly eaten food of Bellevue and you will get it anywhere here. There is Bake’s Place offering top quality beef and international cuisine. You will love Hard Rock Café’s mouth watering American classic food, Din Tai Fung’s Chinese food, Mediterranean Kitchen’s delicious ocean food, amazing burgers at Burgermaster, Japanese food at Ginza, barbecue at 3 Pigs Bar-B-Q.
Meydenbaurer Center is located on the NE 6th Street in Bellevue and offers opportunities of conventions, meetings, events and banquets. The center was opened in 1993 with an area of 54000 square feet in which, 36000 square feet is taken by Center Hall, 12000 square feet by nine meeting rooms and 2500 square feet by Executive Conference Suite with a performing arts theatre. More than 300 convention events are held throughout the year here and more than 200,000 visitors come here annually to witness these events.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at Main Street in Bellevue with free admission for everyone. The garden covers a total area of 53 acres and features cultivated gardens, wetlands and woodlands. You will find a great blend of beauty, serenity and learning here and chance to attend events like summer concerts, art exhibits, holiday light festivals and plant sales. The attractions here include Alpine Rock Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Tateuchi loop Trail, Waterwise Garden, Yao Garden, Fern Collection and much more. The garden remains open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
KidsQuest Children’s Museum was opened in 1992 by Susan and William Dunkley and it has been a great place for child caring, kid’s entertainment facility, education and events for children. There is a famous Indoor Play Piece offering great entertainment and exercise tools for children and Techno Quest Game Kiosks with latest engaging arcade games. The exhibits and programs related to science, technology, engineering, math and arts are regularly held to unleash creativity of the children. The museum remains open daily and admission fee is $9 for everyone.
Marymoor Park is King County’s largest and most popular park and receives more than 3 million visitors every area. It is the oldest park of the state and covers an area of 640 acres. The park is famous for hosting summer contest named Concerts at Marymoor which calls some popular artists from around the world every year. The attractions in the park include Willowmoor Farm, Clise Mansion which is also entered in the National Register of Historic Places.