Community Highlights


Bellevue is known as the high-tech and retail center of the Eastside. Featuring glistening high-rises in a bustling downtown area, this “city in a park” offers residents and visitors many ways to pass the time.

As the fifth largest city in the state, Bellevue spans more than 33 miles between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. The downtown area, also known as the central business district, is currently the second largest city center in the state. Bellevue Downtown Park is a 20-acre park with panoramic views of the city’s skyline and Mount Rainier in the background.

Check out the Bellevue Collection, a premier shopping and dining district with over 200 shops and 50 restaurants, just west of I-405. Explore a large selection of global brands, ranging from fashion and décor to tech and more—all in one small hub.

Active residents stay busy with more than a hundred parks and trails, in addition to skate parks, community centers and climbing walls. In the heart of the city, Mercer Slough Nature Park offers a peaceful setting for a variety of recreational activities within the 320-acre wetland preserve.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a popular location for tourists and locals alike. This 53-acre community treasure includes cultivated gardens, meadows, natural wetlands and restored woodlands. Just to the east, Kelsey Creek Community Park features 150 acres of forest and marsh, along with a glimpse at the city’s rural past. The historic Fraser Cabin sits on the hill adjacent to the park’s renowned dairy barns.


Bothell is a thriving riverfront community situated in both King and Snohomish counties. This growing city is nestled between Kenmore and Woodinville along State Route 522, which runs parallel to the Sammamish River.

Enjoy a day at the Bothell Landing, a quiet park near downtown with recreational features on both sides of the Sammamish River, linked by an iconic footbridge. The park includes boardwalk trails to lead adventurers through wetlands, as well as kayak rentals to accommodate for peaceful floats down the river.

The Sammamish River Trail follows the lazy river southeast to Woodinville’s wine country, where some of the best Washington wines are available for tasting. Walk, run, skate, bike or even ride a horse through an extensive, scenic greenway that is home to several riverside parks and farms. The 11-mile trail runs from Bothell through Woodinville and into Redmond, and features views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade foothills.

Take in the friendly and inviting charm of downtown Bothell after a football game at Pop Keeney Stadium. Grab a coffee at The Cottage or order a drink at McMenamins Anderson School, a renovated former junior high school that currently operates as a restaurant, bar and hotel.

Bothell is home to Northshore Senior Center, the second largest senior center in the United States with just under 3,000 members. The center offers a variety of support groups and programs, including a range of fitness classes, card games, lifelong learning opportunities and computer classes.


Burien is a vibrant and creative community located just east of SeaTac International Airport. Residents embrace diversity, celebrate arts and culture, and treasure the environment.

With over 100 years of rich heritage, the community thrives on well-established neighborhoods and a small-town atmosphere. Housing in Burien ranges from starter homes to high-end residences, as well as condominiums and apartments of all sizes. The city also offers ample options for senior living.

The city hosts cultural arts programs at the Burien Community Center, the Moshier Community Art Center, and throughout the city. Burien is home to many nonprofit arts and culture organizations, including two symphonies, a choral group, theater groups, a heritage museum, dance groups, arts organizations and the 800-seat Highline Performing Arts Center.

The Burien Farmers Market is a community icon among locals and visitors. The market supports small family farms, agricultural producers, crafters and local businesses, while promoting nutritious food for all. A winter market also takes over the Burien Town Square Park during the holiday season with vendors, crafts, hot cocoa and more.

Stop by Burien for the annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show, Strawberry Days, Burien Pride, Olde Burien Block Party, Boulevard Block Party, Movies in the Park, Carnival & Flea Market, and so much more.

This south Seattle suburb includes acres of public parks and trails, in addition to playgrounds, forests and shoreline. Seahurst Park, the highlight of Burien’s park system, features a saltwater beach on Puget Sound with views of the Olympic Mountains. Explore various walking paths and take in the forests, streams, wetlands and marine life.

Des Moines:

Des Moines is a waterfront community with six miles of shoreline and views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. Just two miles from SeaTac International Airport, and located midway between Seattle and Tacoma, this community retains a distinct small-town feel.

The city’s main attraction, Saltwater State Park, delivers a sandy saltwater swimming beachfront on the Puget Sound. Saltwater is the only state park with an underwater artificial reef for scuba diving. Explore tide pools or the seasonal salmon spawning in McSorley Creek.

Des Moines is home to numerous other beaches and public parks on Puget Sound, such as Redondo Beach Pier, Woodmont Park, Des Moines Beach Park and more.

Des Moines Marina is situated right next door to the small-town shopping district. Locals and visitors enjoy strolling across fishing piers and boardwalks as the sun sets behind the Olympic Mountains. The city’s full-service marina on Puget Sound offers moorage for both one-time visitors and long-term tenants.

Highline College, a public community college, was founded in 1961 in Des Moines. The Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) is located at Redondo Beach Park and is dedicated to expanding knowledge about Puget Sound. The 2,500 square-foot facility includes public space, classrooms, laboratories, offices, research areas and an aquarium.

CWU-Des Moines, a branch of Central Washington University, is co-located on the Highline College campus and offers several bachelor and graduate degrees as well.

Federal Way: 

Federal Way celebrates diversity and community spirit, while featuring parks and green space, safe streets and excellent schools. Located along the Puget Sound inlet and shadowed by the majestic Mount Rainier, this city is a wonderful place for those who love outdoor activities.

Make sure to visit Dash Point State Park during low tide to go skim boarding, an activity crossed between surfing and skateboarding, on shallow water. This 461-acre camping park also features a sandy beach for visitors to sit back and relax on a sunny day. Locals enjoy kayaking and fishing along the shoreline, while others spend their time exploring the miles of forested hiking and biking trails.

Situated equally between the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle, Federal Way offers various forms of transportation to get around. Hop right on I-5 to travel south to Portland or north to Canada.

Residents have plenty of entertainment to take in, whether it be local music, art, theatre or community events. Centerstage Theatre, a leading theatre in the Puget Sound region, presents and produces quality performances year-round.

Federal Way is known for its lush gardens, which range from the national renowned Pacific Bonsai Museum to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. PowellsWood Garden also offers a few acres of serene landscaped gardens nestled in native woodland.

Wild Waves Theme and Water Park, the largest water amusement park in Washington, is situated along I-5. The theme park features 44 rides over a 70-acre campus, four of which are roller coasters. Check out some thrill rides like the Ring of Fire or throw on a swimsuit for the Raging River Ride. Family and kiddie rides are also available.

Head over to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center to enjoy the same pool that swimming and diving Olympians use to train and compete. This center hosted the U.S. Olympic Trials for diving in 2000 and 2012, in addition to other top national and international competitions. The pool is also open to the public for lap swims, lessons, family swims and more.


Issaquah resides within the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which connects 1.5 million acres around I-90. The city is surrounded on three sides by what are known locally as the Issaquah Alps: Cougar Mountain on the west, Squak Mountain to the south and Tiger Mountain to the southeast.

The Cougar Mountain Zoo is located on the north slope of the mountain, just to the west of Issaquah. This 8-acre zoo offers a glimpse at many endangered species from across the world, including small lemurs from Madagascar.

Built in 1936, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is owned and operated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife on the Issaquah Creek. The hatchery annually raises about 4 million Chinook and Coho salmon, which then migrate on to Puget Sound and the North Pacific.

Issaquah Salmon Days is a two-day award-winning festival held on the first full weekend of October every year. In addition to praising the city’s history and culture, this festival celebrates the return of salmon to their birth waters.

Initiated by a parade, this free event encompasses several arts and crafts conventions, attracting many local artists. These artisans feature wood, glass, jewelry, paintings, pottery and metal artworks for sale in booths across the downtown and historic area.


Front Street has an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, bars, brewpubs and boutiques