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10 reasons to make Issaquah your base camp

1. Issaquah is your base camp for Pacific Northwest adventures

Issaquah is the perfect location to serve as your base camp for Northwest exploration. With Seattle less than 20 minutes to the west…the Cascade Mountains just minutes to the east…and the Issaquah Alps at your footsteps, Issaquah the central city to launch your northwest adventure. Experience all of the authentic great northwest…stay in Issaquah!

2. A premium experience with premium value

With top-rate accommodations and lodging options for the all budgets, Issaquah provides you with outstanding value for northwest exploration. Help your vacation budget go further…stay in Issaquah!

3. Outdoor adventure abounds

There is no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities in Issaquah. Issaquah offers boating, fishing, skiing or wakeboarding on Lake Sammamish in the summer; snow-skiing or snow-boarding just east at Snoqualamie Pass in the winter. We offer year-round hiking and mountain biking on the dozens of Issaquah Alps trails, helping you take-in the amazing northwest scenery first-hand. Or let your spirit soar by parasailing off of Issaquah’s Poo Poo Point – a favorite activity of tourists and locals for decades.

4. A family-friendly experience

Clean air, clean water, open park space and an amazing tree canopy combine with safe neighborhoods, walk able thoroughfares and minimal traffic congestion to make a stay in Issaquah a family-friendly adventure. A visit to Issaquah’s Cougar Mountain Zoo offers a unique glimpse into a number of eclectic species from across the globe. This walkable zoo offers amazing views and outstanding memories. Watch the amazement in your children’s eyes as they see the spawning salmon leap up Issaquah Creek into the hatchery. With affordable, family-friendly dining and lodging options, you can be sure your family will be able to relax and enjoy your visit.

5. An amazing lineup of local restaurants

An expansive array of unique, award-winning restaurants, ranging from fine dining at the Gilman Village’s Flat Iron Grill to 1950’s style burgers at the last remaining XXX Root Beer Drive-In. Try authentic Mexican cuisine with a twist at Agave Cocina and Tequillas or savor an award-winning Neapolitian pizza at Tutta Bella’s. Savor a pint of Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewery’s latest batch of hand-crafted micro brews or warm yourself by the fireplace at SIP at the Wine Bar and Restaurant as you taste some of the best locally-produced wines available. Issaquah has a taste for every palate.

6. Chocolate at Boehm’s Candies

Visit Boehm’s Candies and sample some of the world’s best hand-made chocolate confections. Don’t forget to tour the chocolate factory and chalet and visit the 14th century Alpine Chapel replica on the manicured grounds.

7. The arts are alive in Issaquah!

Some of the Northwest’s best performing arts performances are located in Issaquah at the award-winning Village Theatre. With an impressive line-up of year-round performances, an evening at the theatre will be one of the highlights of your visit. Music on the Streets and Concerts on the Green keep Issaquah grooving into the twilight on warm summer days. ArtEast and an array of museums and community art pieces will delight the traveling art and culture lover in you!

8. The Issaquah Alps… at the base of the Cascades

Staying in Issaquah puts you at the base of the majestic Cascade mountain range and at the footsteps of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Lace up your hiking boots and take a brisk hike to the top of the Issaquah Alps or any of the dozens of other hiking trails that make Issaquah famous among the regional hiking community.

9. Authentic Northwest history and culture

Come watch the miraculous return of the Salmon each fall in the Issaquah Creek and join the family-friendly celebration of Salmon Days on the first weekend in October. Tour the history museum to learn about the region’s logging and mining history and don’t miss the historic train depot.

10. Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!

Gilman Village and historic Front Street offer a broad array of shopping options for you to discover that perfect Northwest souvenir or gift. Art galleries, eclectic imports, hand-made creations, specialty children’s gifts and delectable culinary surprises all await you when shopping in Issaquah. Don’t miss the North Bend Premium Outlets just east of Issaquah to find dozens of name-brand outlets.

  • A glimpse of Mt. Rainier promises hiking, camping and climbing adventures.
  • Test yourself against gravity on several Issaquah climbing structures or in the Cascades.
  • Jet skiing at Issaquah's Lake Sammamish State Park is a great way to beat the summer heat.
  • Live theater productions and musicals play in downtown Issaquah's "theater district".
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