Bellevue is located directly across Lake Washington from Seattle. While considered part of Seattle's eastside, it is very much an entity of its own. Founded in 1869, it was not incorporated as a city until 1953. It is a city surrounded by beauty. Sitting between Lake Washington and Lake Sammanish with Mt. Rainier to its south, Mt. Baker to its north and the Cascades to the east, Bellevue has great scenery surrounding it.
Downtown Bellevue and the areas surrounding Crossroads Park are the most walkable areas in the city. Many shops and restaurants are in close proximity. There is also acceptable transit around the city and to neighboring cities (like Seattle). The best way to get around, however, is by car.