Welcome to Issaquah, a charming town of 26,320 residents with turn-of-the century origins. Issaquah is located 17 miles east of Seattle, nestled at the south end of Lake Sammamish and surrounded on three sides by the Issaquah Alps (Cougar, Squak, and Tiger Mountains). Originally a small mining town, Issaquah was incorporated in 1892 as Gilman, Washington, and as people discovered Issaquah’s charm and amenities, the population steadily grew over the years. The town eventually became Issaquah, which is an Anglicized word for a local Native American name meaning "the sound of birds." Lovely neighborhoods in the surrounding hills have blossomed with many housing options. With many local celebrations and a beautiful natural setting, Issaquah has become quite a popular stop for visitors either as a destination point or as a stop-over as they travel to the mountains for skiing, hiking, and biking. Issaquah is home to many parks and trails, including Cougar Mountain Zoo, which offers a special Reindeer Festival in December. For the adventurous, there is paragliding off Poo Poo Point. Lake Sammamish and surrounding parks offer many water sports and beautiful waterfront properties.
Downtown Issaquah, Four Lakes, Issaquah Highlands, Klahanie, South Cove, Talus, Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain
Bring your family to the internationally-recognized Salmon Days Festival during the first week of October! Enjoy amazing food, crafts, music and entertainment for kids and adults as we celebrate the annual return of the Salmon. Take a family hike up one of the dozens of family-friendly hikes through the “Issaquah Alps” or enjoy the waterfront beauty of Sammamish State Park. Visit Washington State’s only urban fish hatchery to learn more about the lifecycle and heritage of the Salmon… a Pacific Northwest icon. Stroll through a line-up of vintage cars at the Fenders on Front Street in June. Visit the Cougar Mountain Zoo where children can view everything from tigers to cranes to reindeer. Enjoy historic downtown Issaquah for Art Walks and Music on the Streets each summer. Visit historical icons such as the Issaquah History Museum, the restored Hailstone Feed Store, the Train Depot and Gilman Town Hall. Enjoy the many youth education programs organized by the Village Theatre, where over 53,000 children participate in performing arts education and training each year.