- Issaquah has a rich history, beginning with mining and lumber, and a richer future with the burgeoning industry giants such as Microsoft, Boeing and Costco. Sunset and Outdoor Magazines agree that it is one of the best places to live in the country.
- Several discrete neighborhoods contribute to Issaquah’s flair. Downtown Issaquah maintains its historic vibe while attracting artists, artisans, musicians, and cutting-edge chefs. Gilman Village, built from old mining and farm buildings, houses over forty shops, comprising an eclectic shopping destination. And amid hiking trails, a zoo, and outdoor recreation lie the Issaquah Alps housing developments, with a completely different feel.
- Performing and visual arts are treasured in Issaquah, with concerts on the green, art walks, Village Theater Live Stage Plays (including Shakespeare), and gallery exhibitions, but Issaquah Salmon Days are the highlight of the event calendar. This is a free festival weekend which welcomes half a million visitors each year to the four entertainment stages, open house at the salmon hatchery, and includes several sporting events.
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