Eastside, Seattle Travel Guide
- High-end shopping in Bellevue: The Stores at Bravern and Bellevue Square
- Microsoft headquarters and Nintendo headquarters in Redmond
- Plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces for nature buffs
- Diverse cuisine in Kirkland
- Family-friendly environment
- A bit of a hike from Downtown Seattle
- Rush hour on the 520 bridge can be brutal
What It's Like
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what "Eastside" is like, because it encompasses various cities east of Lake Washington, including Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, and Kirkland. With its borders being so loosely defined, it's possible two people staying in Eastside could be a 40-minute drive apart.
That being said, each community within Eastside has its gems. Bellevue visitors relish in its many city parks, as well as its superb high-end shopping -- even Seattlelites who live elsewhere cross the 520 bridge to visit The Stores at Bravern and Bellevue Square. An affluent community with a historic downtown, Redmond houses Microsoft's headquarters as well as Nintendo of America's. Kirkland presents visitors with a plethora of dining options -- Japanese, Italian, Greek, and more.
Where To Stay
If you're looking for a budget-friendly stay, Eastside is a great option -- particularly Redmond and Kirkland. Multiple hotels within Redmond offer rooms for less than $100 a night.
Bellevue is the most convenient to Downtown Seattle, and is home to both high-end boutique hotels and mid-range chains.