Known as the gateway to the Puget Sound, Bellevue is Seattle's cousin across the water in Washington State. On the east side of Lake Washington, Bellevue combines the best of both worlds with cultural attractions and easy access to gorgeous scenery. A vacation in Bellevue is sure to satisfy your love of adventure, both urban and outdoor.
Many cultural activities are within easy walking distance of the most popular hotels in Bellevue. Once you've checked in, the Bellevue Arts Museum and KidsQuest Children's Museum are worth a visit, as are the botanical gardens in Downtown Park, a 21-acre park that has a tree-lined memorial promenade, a 240-foot wide waterfall that cascades into an expansive pond, a canal, and views of Mount Rainier, among other attractions. For history buffs, the Eastside Heritage Center is dedicated to the history of King County. Mercer Slough Nature Park is a 320-acre wetlands in the middle of urban Bellevue. There you can see diverse wildlife by boat or foot and even pick fresh blueberries and buy other produce in the warmer months. If you're up for a day trip, check out Bellevue rental cars and drive to the surrounding areas to go skiing, hiking, biking, or camping.
Every year, the Bellevue Arts Museums hosts the ARTSfair, formerly known as the Arts and Crafts Fair. A tradition since 1947, the fair features hundreds of artists,as well as other programming like music and food trucks. The Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition takes place every other year to show off diverse contemporary sculpture from across the U.S. and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, Bellevue pays homage to its agricultural past with the annual Strawberry Festival, where you'll see everything from strawberry shortcake to classic cars.
Bellevue vacations are a great way to explore all the Puget Sound region has to offer, from shopping to whale watching. Use the Travelocity app to book Bellevue vacation packages and get mobile-exclusive deals.
So you've unpacked your belongings and you're beginning to feel a bit jet lagged — what's next? Fall into bed? No way... vacations are about one-off experiences and extraordinary adventures! (Besides, you can always rest when you get back home.)
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