A charming blend of old and new, Issaquah is a dynamic, ever-evolving community. As the area has grown and changed, the city has gone out of its way to preserve its original downtown and farming roots. At the same time, Issaquah has worked to encourage a population explosion, as well as the new homes and commerce that followed.
Located at the southern end of Lake Sammamish and Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah is also bordered by Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Squak Mountain State Park, and Tiger Mountain State Forest. Each of these protected areas provides visitors with pristine scenes of the Pacific Northwest’s unique beauty all while serving as destinations for entertainment and outdoor activities. Boasting multi-use trails for hiking and horseback riding, camping opportunities, wildlife watching and much more, for those who love spending as much time in nature as possible, in Issaquah, paradise is right in your backyard!
Issaquah’s long and rich history gives its downtown area a “small-town America” feel, and a visit to Gilman Village showcases buildings that have been around since its founding along with over 40 restaurants and independent shops to explore. Renovations and thoughtful preservation have ensured the community’s survival, and today, the area is a thriving hub of activity and entertainment.
For even more restaurants and shops, head to the nearby Front Street. Here, take in live performances at The Village Theater, or enjoy choosing from a wide variety of restaurants including Montalcino Ristorante Italiano, Bukhara Bar & Grill, and the nearby Noodle Boat Thai Restaurant. The Issaquah Library, Veteran’s Memorial Field, the Issaquah Community Center, Issaquah City Hall, and more can also all be found on or just off of Front Street.