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Welcome to our host city – Beautiful Bellevue, Washington

Are you hungry?
From a variety of ethnic choices and price options, Bellevue has something for everyone. Do you like Chinese? Thai? Italian? Irish? Mediterranean? Seafood? Greek? Or perhaps a juicy steak? It is all here. Here is a great site to see all they have to offer.

What about shopping?
Steps from the Hyatt are wonderful shops no matter if you are looking for a treat for yourself or just window shopping, most stores stay open until 9:00pm. Here is just a sample of what awaits you:

The Bellevue Collection
In the heart of downtown Bellevue you will find the region's best shopping, dining and entertainment. A collection of 250 shops, 18 sit-down restaurants, as well as a 16-screen premiere cinema awaits you. The collection features Bellevue Place, Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square.

Old Bellevue Shopping District
The Old Bellevue area along Main Street is home to upscale boutiques and gift shops, restaurants and deli's. Main Street is just one block south of the Downtown Park. At the west end of the street, enjoy the view of Meydenbauer Bay on Lake Washington.

Do you enjoy being outdoors?
Bellevue happens to be very walkable. Tucked among the offices, stores, coffee shops and restaurants of downtown Bellevue are some hidden outdoor gems. Adjacent to Bellevue Square, the 20-acre Bellevue Downtown Park offers a 1/2 mile promenade around its central fountain and reflecting pond, with shade trees, playground areas and pedestrian-oriented vibe.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden features 36 acres of display and native gardens. A stroll through the Botanical Garden is an excellent way to experience the flora of the Pacific Northwest.

With its lakeside location, it's not surprising that Bellevue boasts some exceptional waterfront parks. If you've got a sunny day and a few free hours, be sure to stop by Meydenbauer Beach Park, Chism Beach, Enatai Beach Park, or Clyde Beach Park. All provide great spots for picnics, swimming, sunning and fabulous lake views, and some offer canoe or kayak rentals for waterfront exploration.

Stay for a while…
If you have the time, we highly recommend that you spend some time exploring this beautiful region of the Northwest.

You have a Half-Day in Bellevue or Points East–
  • Visit Woodinville Wine Country. Woodinville is home to more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms, including pioneers Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, and dozens of smaller boutique wineries, such as the Betz Family Wineries, Januik Winery and Woodhouse Family Cellars. A unique guided tour of Woodinville's boutique wineries is available through Barrel Wine Tours with departures from downtown Bellevue.
  • Bellevue is home to one of the best golf courses in the country, the Golf Club at Newcastle, offering panoramic views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington.
  • Take a short drive to Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington State's most popular scenic attractions with about 1.5 million visitors every year. At the Falls, you will find a two-acre park, hiking trail, observation deck, gift shop, and the breathtaking 270 foot waterfall.

You have a Half-Day in Seattle or Points West–
  • Take a cab ride or bus the nine miles to Seattle where you can visit some of the area's most popular attractions.
  • Visit the Space Needle and ride 520 feet up to see the awesome view of the city
  • Experience Pike Place Market. Born in 1907, Seattle's Pike Place Market is the granddaddy of farmers' markets. Today, it's a major tourist attraction with 200 businesses operating year-round, 190 craftspeople and 120 farmer booths — plus street performers and musicians. Flowers by the bucketful, flying fish, fresh pastries and fruit, handmade cheeses, local honey, wine, an assortment of restaurants, and lots of surprises are around every corner.
  • Enjoy the Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle.
  • Stroll around the Seattle Art Museum
  • Watch animals frolic at the Woodland Park Zoo
  • Stroll along Seattle's Waterfront, see some unusual sights at Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe and have a delicious seafood lunch at one of the many restaurants
  • Catch a Washington State Ferry for a round-trip ride to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. Enjoy spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline. Take a 35 minute ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. Stroll along the shops and dine in one of the many eateries. Plan your return to Seattle at sunset to see a breathtaking view of the city skyline from the ferry.
Enjoy a whole day–
  • See Wild Whales – Bellevue to San Juan Island with San Juan Safaris. Depart from Lake Washington via seaplane, land at the docks in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island – where the whales are. Take a 3-hour Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour by boat on the Whale Plane Package. There is time prior and after the tour to shop, view galleries, sightsee and have lunch. Or drive up to Anacortes (1.5 hours) and take a scenic ferry ride to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island for a 3-hour Whale Watch & Wildlife Tour. Riding the ferries is easy and fun.
  • Ride the Argosy boat from the Seattle Waterfront to Blake Island to visit Tillicum Village. The tour includes a boat cruise, salmon buffet dinner, and a Northwest Coast Native American dance performance.
  • Create your own adventure in one of Washington's national parks. Seattle lies within a couple of hours of three spectacular national parks. Mt. Rainier is just a two hour drive south of Seattle and features the highest peak in the Northwest at an elevation of 14,411 feet. Gray Line Sightseeing offers a guided day tour to the visitor center located at Paradise. Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle, features the only temperate rain forests in the lower 48 states, 8,000 foot mountains and wild ocean beaches... North Cascades National Park, north of Seattle, boasts a necklace of turquoise glacier-fed lakes with a backdrop of jagged mountains. The Scenic Cascade Loop highway runs from beach to mountains to eastern Washington's semi-arid plateaus.
  • Take a scenic trip to Mt. St. Helens. May 18th marks the anniversary of this volcano's fiery eruption in 1980. Today visitor and interpretive centers explain dramatic geologic and human stories and their legacies. Flightseeing tours are also available
How about an overnight trip?
  • Visit Canada's most English city, Victoria. Travel by the Victoria Clipper catamaran, seaplane or car ferry through the San Juan Islands. Overnight packages are available through Victoria Clipper and Gray Line of Seattle.
  • Discover Vancouver, B.C. This dynamic metropolis on Canada's West Coast boasts world-class shopping, dining and culture. Get there by car (2 1/2 hours) or by rail via the Amtrak Cascades (3 1/2 hours)
  • Tour the Washington Wine Country. The Yakima and Columbia Valleys, three hours east of Seattle, offer many internationally acclaimed wines from vineyards offering tours and tastings.