Seattle Day Trip: Bellevue
Collected by Stephanie Perry , AFAR Local Expert
Just one floating bridge east of Seattle, Bellevue is where the techie entrepreneurs buy their fancy homes. Upscale restaurants, high-end shopping malls, and an impressive range of ethnic eateries make it a worthwhile destination.
12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
The Bellevue Botanical Garden puts a unique twist on the tradition of admiring holiday light displays with its hugely popular Garden d’Lights show. With thousands of hours of help from volunteers, the botanical garden is transformed into an...
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
With $30 family entry (two adults and up to four children) or $10 for adults, the Bellevue Art Museum is a great place for families looking to get out of the rain or the hustle and bustle of downtown Bellevue. The exhibits are beautiful and...
1015 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Probably the best specialty coffee shop in Bellevue, Cesura serves up heavenly Caffe Lusso Beans and a changing menu of other small-batch roasters. Free Wi-Fi, outlets to plug in your cell and laptop, truly delicious breakfast sandwiches, and...
503 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
I have always loved going to the conveyer belt sushi places. It’s so fun to watch the food travel past as you have to make a quick decision to take it, or wait to see what comes next. Every plate has a corresponding price, and when you are...
10201 NE 4th St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Nothing says the 4th of July in the United States like a good fireworks show. In 2010, I took my tripod out to the park and pointed my camera not at the sky, but at the park's pond. My efforts rendered unique crazy shocks of light reflected in...
10600 NE 9th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Top Pot is a Seattle area must. The staff is always friendly and kind, and the donuts and coffee are to die for. I try and go at least once a week. I love the raspberry glazed (pictured) but you can’t go wrong with anything here. They have all the...
3937 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006, USA
If you're on the hunt for something classic or vintage to suit that special someone, stop by Simply Chic and check out their carefully curated selection of clothing and accessories, from formal to casual (and reasonably priced—so guys, there's...
15301 NE 24th St, Redmond, WA 98052, USA
The Bellevue Goodwill is noted for quality goods dirt-cheap. Goodwill stores accept donations from the surrounding area & do not equalize among stores. In a wealthy town like Bellevue, this means the pickings are top notch. On a recent visit, I...
10024 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Gilberts is an awesome little place with amazing food and drinks. I am convinced they make the best half & half ever. I love coming here for breakfast or lunch equally, but that’s because you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. From omelets...
9600 SE 11th St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Chism Beach Park is not far from the heart of Bellevue, but still remains somewhat off the beaten path. It's a great place for a quiet lakeside stroll, or to dip your toes in the lake in the summer months. Also, it's a great place for views across...
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