Welcome to Issaquah
Issaquah is a small but rapidly emerging city in Washington that started as a mining town. It sits in a valley and is encompassed by the magnificent Issaquah Alps to the south and Sammamish Plateau to the north. Residents are offered an ideal quality of life and recreation opportunities. Issaquah is a beautiful atmosphere with direct access to outdoor activities, accessible transportation, high-ranked schools, and a small-town charm that residents appreciate. There are many companies, parks, and things to do, yet it ideally lacks the overwhelming nature of most large cities. East of Bellevue and just twenty minutes from Seattle, I-90 is easily accessible, making commuting to other major cities quick and easy.
What to Love
- Convenient commute to Seattle and other major cities
- A lot of walking and biking trails
- Beautiful, large homes
- Surrounded by wooded areas
Issaquah is the perfect setting for those who enjoy being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and want to be close to Seattle but away from the traffic. Locals spend a lot of their leisure time indulging in outdoor nature and water activities. In urban Issaquah, you’ll find a city with a strong dedication to preserving its rich heritage through historic establishments such as the vintage Village Theater
and enchanting Gilman Village
. The community believes its rich history gives the city its unique charm. Issaquah is a vibrant city where the community is valued. Friends and family can hang out at local coffee shops and wander around the many boutique shops, lively restaurants, or outdoor parks around the town.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Issaquah is a city with a big personality and tons of things to do, including plenty of great places to eat and many stunning views. It’s no secret that Issaquah is known for its outdoor recreational activities, but that doesn’t have to be limited to physical or active attractions. Twin Cedars Winery
provides a calm, exquisite wine tasting experience. It’s family-owned, the grapes are sourced locally, and the wine is made onsite in Issaquah.
is a famous landmark with plenty of options for shopping and entertainment. They also have an annual Family Easter Event
where families can participate in competitive activities.
There are plenty of quick eats around the town, but you’re in for a treat if you’re looking for a refined dining atmosphere. Montalcino Ristorante Italiano
has an inviting, cozy ambiance with excellent Italian dishes, seafood, and land options. Jak’s Grill
is also a popular choice for upscale dining. Their steak and desert are exceptional, along with their extensive whiskey selection.
Things to Do
Nicknamed ‘The Trailhead City,’ Issaquah has many excellent trails and water sports along Lake Sammamish State Park
. It has two lakefront beaches and various trails through deciduous forests and wetlands. You can easily spend an entire day here, enjoying the elements and amenities the park has to offer. You can rent a kayak or paddle boat from the onsite Issaquah Paddling Sports
and end your day with pizza and ice cream.
Washington State’s most visited hatchery is the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
. People come here exclusively for the salmon life cycle education and activities. It’s incredibly enticing for children and those interested in aquatics.
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club
offers guided trails to the Issaquah Alps, where you’ll see the three mountains that surround the city: Cougar, Squak, and Tiger. You can also take a self-guided trail by following any of the trailheads. The Poo Poo Point Trailhead
is primarily known for its adrenaline-boosting paragliding experience. Issaquah is a location where you will have plenty of ways to stay entertained, active, and grounded in nature.
Issaquah is served by the Issaquah School