As our name implies, Bellevue is home to some beautiful vistas from soaring views atop a growing number of skyscrapers to landscapes both cultivated and wild. The most hotly anticipated view this spring belongs to Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi crowning Lincoln Square South at The Bellevue Collection. The luxury dining experience encompasses the entire 31st floor of the building affording 360-degree views through two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows that include Lake Washington, the Olympic Mountains, the Seattle skyline, with Downtown Bellevue Park in the immediate foreground looking west.
Daniel’s Broiler, located on the 21st floor of the Bank of America building, has long been a favorite dining destination in part because of the lovely west-facing views from the lounge. Sip on a glass of bubbly or a Manhattan while the sun sets – a perfect backdrop for a romantic evening.
Surely the most scenic park-and-ride in town, Evergreen Point makes the most of the 520 bridge’s location. Set above the freeway, the westward-facing viewpoint looks across Lake Washington toward the University of Washington, Seattle, and the jagged snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance. Park and look or continue along the 520 pedestrian path out onto the bridge span for views south where Mt. Rainier holds court on clear days. It is fascinating to watch the water react to the bridge – sometimes choppy with whitecaps on the south side and calm on the north side.
As if the lush greens and magnificently landscaped courses at Newcastle Golf Club weren’t enough of a visual treat, check out the view of the Seattle skyline from Hole 10 on the China Creek Course, or play a game of putt-putt at the Rusty Putter.
Take in a close up with nature at Bellevue Botanical Garden where colorful flowers and foliage carpet the edges of pathways that wind through the forest an a 150-foot suspension bridge crosses a ravine filled with ferns and moss-covered trees.
Future viewpoint: We are looking forward to the newly reimagined Meydenbauer Bay Park set to open by the end of 2018 that includes a pedestrian pier that juts out into the water giving visitors a look back at the 700-foot waterfront beach and hillside. The park will be the beginning point for the city’s Grand Connection pathway connecting the bay with downtown Bellevue through to the Wilburton and the Eastside Rail Corridor.
Images courtesy of Lincoln Square South by Sharon Linton, Downtown Bellevue Park by Merrill Images, Newcastle Golf Course.