Sightseeing the East Side.
There are various sightseeing cities on the east side. Namely, Bellevue Redmond and Issaquah to name a few.
We will have a series of them.
But first let’s start with Bellevue Washington.
Bellevue the City.
First some background.
Bellevue is the fifth-largest city on the waters of beautiful Washington Lake. Bellevue is surrounded by Lake Washington on one side and Lake Sammamish on the other. Despite not being considered as the first place associated with the King country, Bellevue is still regarded as a leading city of the pacific north-western region. This east King County’s center town is a fast-developing city. In the year 201 the Census had the population at over 120 thousand. Today mostly due to high tech and of course Amazon that number has only grown.
Bellevue has a variety of places to experience. There is a museum in the downtown core and most everything is within waking distance of each other. If your goal is to find a place for a classic shopping experience or for high-class museums then look no further than the downtown area. This is a walkable city – you can traverse in under an hour.
You can find a mix of cultures here and no shortage of restaurants to fill your belly. Wild Ginger the chain restaurant has quite the following. Or try Castilla for authentic Spanish food. The sidewalks near these restaurants have other places to dine that are chains and local favorites – do not leave until you go to Duke’s Seafood. A sister to Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle.
After having your meal stroll to the Bellevue Art Museum, it is on Bellevue Way NE. There you can sight see the buildings that make the city skyline. If you fancy a view of the water then head to Meydenbauer Bay Park. Named after a baker – who made Bellevue his home. This park has grand view of the water. As a matter of fact, Bellevue means ‘beautiful view”in French.
Another park you should check out is Inspiration Playground – a park dedicated to fun and imagination. Check out the curly tree. If you fancy more open spaces than head to Bellevue Downtown Park. A huge 20 acre park right in the middle of the city. Once again, you will see the skyline and on a clear day even Mount Rainier.
After your walkabout you may be in mood for happy hour, head back to Lincoln Square and head over to Paddy Coyne’s an Irish pub with a neighborhood vibe. And not to mention they have vegan entrées. In the same mall, is the chain restaurant, Maggiano’s perhaps dessert?
Next stop – more Eastside.