Issaquah (map), named in 2011 as one of the “Best Towns” in the U.S. by Outside Magazine is a community of 30,000+ residents, and is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor, just 16 miles east of Seattle. Issaquah is a city dedicated to local traditions, hometown values, and award-winning neighborhoods. With one of Washington State’s top school districts, a series of thriving business districts and a growing arts, nightlife and recreation scene. The city is home to a Saturday farmers market, live theatre performances and a seasonal ArtWalk. In addition, the salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors. Every October, more than 150,000 people also travel to Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days festival.
Issaquah is in a great place to explore the best of the great northwest because the city is centered within the “Issaquah Alps” (Cougar, Squak and Tiger Mountains). The lure of the clean mountain air and beautiful scenery attracts countless outdoor enthusiasts, hikers and even paragliders to Issaquah. Check out the city’s map portal for an overview of its parks and facilities.
Issaquah Highlands is an award winning community where new homes meet Built Green™ standards and are certified ENERGY STAR® or equivalent. The tree-lined streets and trails connect community parks with 1,400 acres of permanently preserved open space.
Because of its proximity to Bellevue and Seattle, Issaquah is a prime business location. The city currently contains a mix of high tech firms, retail headquarters and small businesses. Microsoft Corporation, Costco’s international headquarters, and Siemens Medical Systems have offices located in Issaquah. State-of-the-art medical treatment facilities are located in the city, including Swedish Medical Center Issaquah.
Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Snoqualmie Ridge just east of Issaquah.