The following article was originally published on viptravelcamp.com on 5/2/18.
Bellevue, Washington, is one of those destinations that offers a little something for everyone. Across Lake Washington from Seattle, Bellevue boasts a community with plenty of opportunities for urban exploration, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Whether your quest for adventure includes miles of winding trails to explore, scenic views of iconic cityscapes or you want to indulge in the area’s arts and history, Bellevue is your gateway to all the Puget Sound has to offer. Discover a new wonderland with our four favorite things to do in and around Bellevue.
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Escape the bustle of the city at Mercer Slough Park. This 320-acre wetland is right in the heart of Bellevue and offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to interact with many species of wildlife in this diverse habitat. Enjoy a peaceful canoe trip down the waterway and get close to blue herons, playful otters, and beautiful water lilies. Landlubbers will appreciate 7 miles of paths that meander throughout the park. Plan to visit the you-pick blueberry farm or tour the Winter House, then stop at the educational center that offers interpretive displays and a real tree house.
Sky View Observatory
Set your eyes on the city of Seattle like never before from the Sky View Observatory in the Columbia Center. The highest observatory in the Northwest, the observatory lures you to climb to the 73rd floor for an unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of the Bellevue area’s most cherished sights such as Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and Seattle’s Space Needle. Save the parking fees and stay in accommodations within walking distance of your favorite attractions, like the Columbia Center, that reaches an incredible height of 933 feet, making it the tallest building in the state.
Frye Art Museum
Immerse yourself in the visual arts at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, just 20 minutes from Bellevue. Take advantage of a free public tour of the museum’s current exhibitions or spend the day in self-exploration. Frye Salon features over 140 magnificent works of art from the museum’s founding collection. Take in a lively performance as part of the free concert series featuring talented local musicians and international performers. For your convenience, Seattle offers a variety of quality lodging within walking distance of Frye Art Museum.
Pioneer Square Historic District
Complete your stay in Bellevue with a trip to Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle. Right near the Amtrak station, the 3-mile square features the area’s favorite shopping galleries, world-famous coffee shops, and trendy Seattle bars. Set in the Square’s late-1800s Romanesque Revival buildings, tourists are invited to explore the interconnecting tunnels of Seattle’s Underground or unwind in the secluded Waterfall Garden Park. Take a trip back in time with a glimpse of Washington’s gold rush fever at Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in the Square.
Bellevue is a vibrant, contemporary, growing city. Come to Bellevue for the ultimate in shopping, culture, and natural attractions, all within a leisurely stroll of comfortable lodging.