Issaquah – Sammamish

Located roughly 20 miles east of downtown Seattle and nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the Issaquah - Sammamish area offers small-town approach to life in King County. With the county's largest state parks nearby, the area is a gateway to outdoor recreation. The region is also home to a full-service Swedish Medical Center hospital located in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as Costco's global headquarters.


Get directly to Seattle and Bellevue via I-90.

While there may be fewer bus routes that service this area due to its distance from the downtown areas of Seattle and Bellevue, there are still a handful of bus route that get you in and out of town daily. Morning commute times by car to downtown Seattle average around 45 minutes, with dries to Bellevue averaging 30 minutes. I-90 is the closest major freeway.

King County Metro

Sammamish - Library

Visit the newly renovated Issaquah and Sammamish branches.

Offering more than 4.1 million items, including books, newspapers, audio and videotapes, CDs, DVD and online resources, the King county Library system is a wealth of information and fun. All branches have free public Wi-Fi. The Issaquah and Sammamish branches were both recently renovated in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The Sammamish branch has a fireplace inside!

King County Library System


Head Start and ECEAP options available via school districts.

ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Head Start are early learning programs that help children under age 5 build skills that will get them ready for kindergarten, prepare them to excel in school and be successful as adults. Head Start programs are offered through the Lake Washington School District and Issaquah Public Schools offer ECEAP.

Washington State Preschool Programs


Attend a top-ranked district: Lake Washington or Issaquah.

Issaquah and Lake Washington public schools are known for excellent teachers and high performance from its students. There are a variety of elementary, middle and high school options depending on where you may live. Talk with your Family Navigator to find out more about the specific schools in this area.

Lake Washington Public Schools

Issaquah Public Schools

Many grocery options, including local farmers markets.

Issaquah and Sammamish both have a variety of food and shopping options, to include Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway and Trader Joe's. There are also farmers markets from May through September in Issaquah (Saturday mornings) and Sammamish (Wednesday evenings). There is also a food and clothing bank located in Issaquah.

Issaquah Food Bank

Sammamish - Lake Sammamish State Park

Enjoy hiking, Lake Sammamish and lots of youth activities.

This region is known as the "Issaquah Alps" due to its numerous hiking trails within large state parks like Cougar and Tiger Mountain. Lake Sammamish offers a ton of outdoor activities, including swimming and picnicking. Issaquah has a drop-in teen center and both towns have pools!

Issaquah Parks and Recreation

Sammamish Parks and Recreation