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Bellevue

Known for Shopping, Dining and Skyscrapers

Sip roasted coffee in buzzing shopping districts, amble through flowery gardens and experience the rich undercurrent of artisanship in this modern city.

How do you get to Bellevue?

Discover the delights of Bellevue, a city blessed with natural and man-made beauty. A vibrant and growing destination, this city offers shopping, eating and cultural attractions. Explore shopping plazas, globally renowned galleries and flower-laden gardens.

Wander around downtown Bellevue, where local cafés serve roasted brews with pastries and other baked goods. Follow the shopping crowds into the Bellevue Square, where over 200 retailers sell fashionable clothing, accessories and home décor. On Saturdays and Thursdays throughout the summer, head to the Bellevue Farmers Market for fresh, locally grown produce and meat.

Browse art and design exhibits at the Bellevue Arts Museum, which also runs hands-on workshops for budding crafters. The city’s downtown area contains about 130 works of public art, which add character to the district. In the evenings, book a seat for a dance or drama performance at the Meydenbauer Center.

Bellevue has an abundance of green refuges for escaping the urban bustle. Take a stroll through Downtown Park or enjoy a picnic at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, which features flower gardens and a tranquil Japanese-style garden. Go blueberry picking at the Mercer Slough Nature Park and try the exhilarating Bellevue Zipline Tour in summer.

Bring the family to the KidsQuest Children’s Museum, an interactive museum that aims to educate younger children on subjects such as science, art and technology. The family-oriented indoor shopping complex Crossroads Bellevue has climbing walls, pottery workshops and a jumbo chessboard.

Sample international cuisine at one of many restaurants in the Bellevue Square complex or neighboring Lincoln Square. Complete an enchanting evening with a post-dinner wine-tasting, stand-up comedy show or nightclub dance in the area.

Bellevue’s compact downtown can be easily navigated on foot, while buses serve most other areas. Get here via Seattle–Tacoma International Airport or drive from neighboring Seattle.

After seeing the city, travel around the surrounding Puget Sound region. Taste the fine produce of Woodinville Wine Country, hike through Bridle Trails State Park and go skiing at Crystal Mountain.

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The buzzing heart of Bellevue, this multistory shopping complex houses brand stores, upscale dining establishments and entertainment for the whole family.

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Take a cultural journey and discover intimate gallery spaces displaying local and international art, craft and design.

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Seattle CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Seattle’s top attractions at signifcant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

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Hands-on experiences, iconic artifact displays, and in-depth exhibitions dedicated to the past, the present, and the supremely cool moments of pop culture make Museum of Pop Culture a destination unlike any other.

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Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at Woodland Park Zoo, the 92-acre (37-ha) home to more than 1,100 animals and 300 species. The divided bioclimatic zones allow you to visit greater one-horned rhinos, African giraffes, and Asian small-clawed otters—among the newest residents.

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Enjoy the Museum’s magical presentation of the worlds of flight in one of Seattle’s most spectacular settings. This world-renowned 25-acre campus displays over 160 airplanes and spacecraft, the original Boeing factory, flight simulators, and dozens of fun interactive family activities.

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Escape the buzz of the city and venture out to the 5th most popular national park in the United States. From evergreen forests and wildflower-filled meadows, to thundering waterfalls and massive glaciers—immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of Mount Rainier National Park.

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Seattle’s must-see marvel is now a can’t-miss experience after the Space Needle's transformational renovation. Explore two entirely new levels of thrills, plus views of sparkling waters and snow-capped mountains.

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Open your eyes to the wonders of exploration at a museum designed to captivate little discovers of all ages. From creative waterworks to themed play galleries, the hands-on exhibits at KidsQuest are sure to awaken the imagination of the whole family.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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