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Head east from Seattle on I-90, cross Lake Washington, and you will find yourself in Bellevue, WA. Less than 5 miles from the state's largest city, Bellevue has grown into a thriving, diverse city in its own right. Residents of Seattle can attest to the fact that Bellevue's skyline has grown substantially during the past 20 years, filling the area between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, and underscoring the fact that it is the economic hub of the eastside.
Once the dense forest was cleared, the area began to earn a reputation as a farming community, and by the early 20th century it was quite a prosperous one. Japanese immigrants were many of those early farmers, foretelling the international nature of the city and citizens today. You will find a wide variety of restaurants covering a vast array of cuisines, museums like the Bellevue Arts Museum and the Scupture Exhibition, and everything from high-end to quirky boutique shops. Plan to stay in a Washington Bed and Breakfast or Inn while you explore this delightful city.
There are almost 100 parks in Bellevue, ensuring that visitors have many opportunities to get outside and appreciate the beauty of the northwest. The lovely Mercer Slough nature park encompasses 320-acres, and offers miles of hiking trails and waterways for canoing or kayaking. It is also home to phenomenal blueberries, so try to get there at least once during blueberry season. Bellevue makes a great side-trip for visitors who come to the Seattle area. Many spots offer terrific views of Seattle, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west, and it is close to the Cascade Mountains in the east.
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