About Bellevue, Washington
Join EMS in Bellevue, Washington. The city’s French name (Beautiful View) aptly describes its location: positioned on several hills overlooking Puget Sound, Bellevue is known for its appealing, tree-lined view of the Seattle skyline. Established as a farming town more than 130 years ago, Bellevue is now one of the state’s richest and most successful cities, and serves as a satellite city to Washington’s largest metropolis, Seattle.
Bellevue is best known for the trendy shops, upscale restaurants, and distinctive department stores that make up its 180-store Bellevue Square. More than 16 million people visit Bellevue Square each year, making it a destination stop in its own right. Nearby award-winning restaurants complement the city’s prestigious setting.
Bellevue is home to more than 50 different parks, green spaces, recreational areas and sports complexes. Mercer Slough Nature Park, on Bellevue's scenic Lake Washington, comprises a little bit of something for everyone. One of the last freshwater wetlands in the area, the 300+-acre park includes a blueberry farm, 7 miles of trails, as well as Bellevue’s only nationally registered historic building. Canoeists can experience Lake Washington’s beauty firsthand by following the park’s circuitous canoeing trail.
Other points of interest include the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Old Bellevue “Main Street,” over 40 nearby Woodinville wineries including Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia, and breweries, including Redhook, Pike Place Public Market, Seattle Art Museum, The Museum of Flight, Safeco Field (home of the Mariners); Qwest Field (home of the Seahawks and Sounders FC) and Pioneer Square historic district. In nearby Seattle, explore the Seattle Center featuring the Space Needle, Key Arena, and EMP (Experience Music Project).