Bellevue

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Bellevue is a city in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, and often considered a suburb of Seattle. Bellevue has a population of 350,000.

The Bellevue cityscape.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is south of Bellevue on I-405; see the article for more details..

By car[edit]

  • State route 520 connects Bellevue to Seattle, via the Evergreen Point floating bridge on Lake Washington. Prone to traffic jams. This bridge will be tolled from 5AM to 11PM starting Spring of 2011 using the GoodToGo! pass or by licence plate and Pay By Mail.
* 520 Tolling Fees.
  • The more modern and capacious Interstate 90 provides another route from Seattle across Lake Washington, traversing Mercer Island. It continues eastward to Spokane, and ultimately, Boston.
  • Interstate 405 runs North-South right through the middle of Bellevue, leading north to Kirkland (and eventually rejoining I-5 on the way to Bellingham and ultimately the Canadian border) To the south, I-405 leads to Renton and the Southcenter shopping district before rejoining I-5 (continuing southbound to Portland, OR, and ultimately the Mexican border).

By bus[edit]

Almost every bus that runs through Bellevue stops at the Bellevue Transit Center located on 6th Street between 108th Ave NE & 110th Ave NE. Bike lockers are available for rental during regular business hours.

  • Sound Transit [1] Express line 550 [2] runs frequently between Downtown Seattle and Downtown Bellevue.
  • Sound Transit Express line 560 [3] runs every half hour between SeaTac Airport and Downtown Bellevue.

Express Bus fare is $2.50 per trip, and the drivers will not provide change.

Get around[edit]

The Puget Sound (which includes Bellevue) has a decent bus transportation network if you're staying in the city.

  • Metro [4] offers both local bus service (good for short distances) and express bus service (good for longer distances).
  • Sound Transit [5] offers express bus service.

The two systems do not accept paper transfers from each other. Use of the prepaid ORCA fare card [6] does allow interservice transfers.

For trips outside of the core city, you'll probably want a car.

See[edit]

the Bellevue Botanical Garden

There are a few museums in Bellevue:

  • Bellevue Arts Museum. Art museum with fine craft and design exhibitions
  • Doll Museum a large collection of dolls

Others:

Do[edit]

See a movie at Lincoln Square Cinemas

Swim at Somerset Recreation Club

  •    Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (From I-90: Take Exit 13 and drive south on Lakemont Blvd SE for 3.1 miles. Look for the entrance to the Red Town Trailhead on the left side of the road.). Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park (CMRWP) is a 3000+ acre park with 36 miles of hiking trails (12 miles suitable for equestrian use). It showcases a variety of natural features from forests and waterfalls to meadows and cliffs. There are four primary trailheads, each offering a different experience. Free.

Buy[edit]

Shop at Bellevue Square, a large shopping mall complex in the heart of Downtown Bellevue.

Eat[edit]

  • Top Gun This old favorite restaurant closed in Seattle, but is now open in the Factoria area of Bellevue, almost at the intersection of I-405 and I-90, across Lake Washington.
  • Udupi Palace, 15600 NE 8th St # 9, Crossroads Mall (425) 649-0355. Udupi serves authentic thali plates, dosas, and pani puri, not available in Seattle. Their daily lunch buffet is a soul food hit with many South Indian Microsoft employees. [Closed as of 12/1/2010]
  • Maggianos, downtown Bellevue for great pinot noir and Italian fare.
  • Gilbert's on Main (Gilbert's Main Street Bagel), 10024 Main St +1 425 455-5650. Serves excellent breakfasts & deli sandwiches, wide assortment of bagel choices, and great coffee.
  • Daniel's Broiler10500 NE 8th - 21st floor +1 425 462-4662. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM-2:30PM Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5PM-10PM Friday - Saturday: 5PM-11PM. Located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America Building, with spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington available from every table. Serves traditional steak & seafood dishes, exclusively uses USDA Prime Beef. $$$$.
  • Facing East1075 Bellevue Way NE (From I-405, take exit 13b west onto NE 8th. Turn right on Bellevue Way: the restaurant is in a strip-mall immediately on the left.),  +1 425 688-2986. Tu-Th: 11:30AM-3PM, 5PM-9PM: Fri-Sun 11:30AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM Closed Mon. Very good Taiwanese food: including many popular street foods. $8-12.
  • Din Tai Fung Dumpling House700 Bellevue Way NE +1 425 698-1095. Award-winning restaurant originating in Taiwan, specializing in xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) and other Asian fares. $15-30.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Bellevue
SeattleMercer Island  W I-90.svg E  IssaquahSpokane
LynnwoodKirkland  N I-405.svg S  RentonTukwila
Ends at I-5.svgSeattle  W WA-520.svg E  RedmondEND


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