FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More
The suburbs east of Lake Washington can easily supplement any Seattle itinerary. The center of East King County is Bellevue, a fast-growing city with its own downtown core, high-end shopping, and a notable dining scene. Kirkland, north of Bellevue, has a few shops and restaurants (including fabulous Café Juanita) plus lakefront promenades. Redmond and Issaquah, to the northeast and southeast
respectively, are gateways to greenery. Woodinville, north of Redmond, is the ambassador for Washington State's wine industry, with many wineries and tasting rooms. Redmond itself is home to Microsoft's gigantic campus. Drivers now have to pay a toll to cross the 520 Bridge to the Eastside; see www.wsdot.wa.gov/tolling/tollrates.htm.
Three-quarters of a century ago, Bellevue was a pleasant little town in the country, with rows of shops along Main Street serving the local strawberry farmers. Today it's fast becoming a destination in itself, with snazzy shopping malls, restaurants, and a strong art museum.
Ballard is Seattle's sweetheart. This historically Scandinavian neighborhood doesn't have many sights outside of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks...
Belltown is Downtown's younger sibling, just north of Virginia Street (up to Denny Way) and stretching from Elliott Bay to 6th Avenue. Not so...