An Explorer’s Guide to Bellevue’s Mercer Slough

Article by Megan Ewing Visitors to Bellevue quickly discover a city like nowhere else — a place where a pristine cosmopolitan city center gives way in a mere heartbeat to breathtaking natural surroundings. No place is this easy city-to-nature transition more evident than at Mercer Slough Nature…

Mercer Slough Kayaking

Ready to Run in Bellevue & Beyond

Stepping into Bellevue, Washington’s extensive and intricate network of trails, runners of all paces can indulge for miles (92 to be exact, when measured end to end!), and discover firsthand why this area has earned the nickname of “city in a park.” Running here can often transform mere workouts…

Cougar Mountain

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue is French for “beautiful view” – unsurprisingly, when you leave your hotel, you are never more than a few blocks away from a park, nature trail, or that beautiful view. Outdoor splendor in Bellevue comes in all shapes and sizes, from local corner parks to the Downtown Park, Meydenbauer Bay…

Botanical Garden

Bellevue Area Waterfall Wanderings

Just like Cascade peaks, evergreen conifers, and moss-covered everything, waterfalls are an integral component of the Pacific Northwest landscape. But beyond their trance-inducing natural beauty, waterfalls beckon us to them on a primal level. As a potential source of water and food, the sound of a…

Snoqualmie Falls

Bellevue - Washington Snowshoeing Paradise

Winter is an exhilarating time in the Bellevue, Washington area to experience the outdoors. Bellevue’s year round mild weather is regulated by the Pacific Ocean, which remains relatively even in temperature throughout the year, making for ideal outdoor recreation every single weekend of the year…


Splash & Paddle

Bellevue has reimagined ways to creatively explore the Pacific Northwest waters for aquatic adventure, relaxation, and inspiration. Whether you have a few hours or a few days, the beach parks of Bellevue offer fresh ways to see Lake Washington. Meydenbauer Bay Park From the tiered landscape and…

Kayaking on Lake Washington

Let's Go

My girlfriend, Natalie, was finishing graduate studies at a university in the desert southwest while I remained in Seattle, anchored at work. We were reuniting for a weekend, pining for nature and outdoor activities. Our selected destination was an almost unbelievably short jaunt for me: Bellevue, a…

Snoqualmie Valley