Bellevue, WA, USA

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Bellevue, WA, USA

Bellevue vacation rentals

Natural beauty and urban adventures in Bellevue

Can’t decide between an outdoorsy vacation and a city break? Well, you can enjoy the best of both worlds when you book one of the many Bellevue vacation rentals. This Washington city is perched on Lake Washington, just across the water from Seattle, and is often ranked as one of the loveliest places to live in the whole of the United States. You’ll see why when you get here, whether you make a beeline for the shops and cultural attractions, or want to give your hiking boots a good pounding on the sweeping nature trails that meander out into the Washington wilds.

Indulge your inner explorer in Bellevue

After getting settled in your Bellevue vacation rental, you might want to go straight out and explore Mercer Slough Nature Park. Sprawling for over 320 acres, it’s a soothing realm of lush plant life and diverse critters, run through with miles of boardwalks. But why walk when you can sail? Hire a canoe or kayak, and you can drift and gaze at the beavers and bald eagles who call this place home. Or, for a more heart-pounding way to take in the natural grandeur, try the Bellevue Zip Tour, which will have you zooming between the treetops in emerald-hued Eastgate Park.

Hitting the shops in Bellevue

Bellevue has plenty of urban attractions to keep you distracted, and there’s some serious retail therapy to be had in the buildings which make up the Bellevue Collection. This glittering complex, which includes Bellevue Square, is home to designer boutiques, tech stores, and big high street names, not to mention places where the whole family can sit and chow down on hearty food. For a cultural pitstop, you can head to Bellevue Arts Museum, which showcases bold new sculptures, paintings and immersive installations, many by up-and-coming artists set for big things.

Splashing in the sun in Bellevue

The area has a fairly mild climate all year round, so Bellevue vacation rentals are particularly popular during the warmer months of spring and summer. This is when the city literally flowers into life, and there’s no better time to see the colorful nooks of Bellevue Botanical Garden. Coming in the height of summer is also best if you fancy taking the family to one of the many beach parks that hug the shores of Lake Washington. These are free to access and make a fine afternoon’s outing, with views of Seattle making a picturesque background to all the splashing around.

Wide, lake-side vistas in Bellevue

Bellevue translates as “beautiful view”, and the city certainly lives up to its name. When the weather’s just right, and if you happen to be standing on the right hilltop, or a higher floor of a building, you can see as far as the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Not only does the craggy horizon attract the eyes, and remind you of the burgeoning wildlife waiting to be discovered in local parks, but there’s also the sheer visual appeal of Lake Washington, whose blue waters make a pleasing contrast with the gleaming, contemporary buildings that glitter as the dusk falls.