Official Blog for Central Washington


Central Washington is a place less known, apart from the rest, and yet so close by. We are a collection of communities woven together by a spectrum of activity. We are rugged outdoor adventures, relaxing scenic views, creative artists, and historic architecture.

8 Spots for Apres Ski in Central Washington
December 27th, 2021
Central Washington is a winter wonderland filled with snow-capped mountains and wintry trails that lend themselves to all sorts of snow sports!
4 Things to do in Snoqualmie Pass Besides Hitting the Slopes!
November 3rd, 2021
The Snoqualmie Pass is a fantastic destination year-round, but it is mainly known for skiing, snowboarding...
A History of Snoqualmie Pass and Snow Sports in Central Washington
November 2nd, 2021
When you think of Snoqualmie Pass, you can't help but think of snow sports like skiing...
Celebrate National Take a Hike Day in Central Washington!
October 24th, 2021
Each year on November 17, we celebrate National Take a Hike Day, the perfect day to escape...
A Historical Tour of Central Washington
October 8th, 2021
Central Washington is a fantastic area to visit if you are a history buff. Each of the communities within Central Washington hold their own unique histories to share.
6 Things You Need to Do in Central Washington This Fall
September 27th, 2021
Now that it's time for a seasonal switch-up, we're here to offer you all of Central Washington's essential autumn attractions.
10 Central Washington Art Galleries & Museums
September 17th, 2021
Central Washington is filled with tons of fun activities, some being exhilarating and some being a bit more relaxing.
8 Magical Moments From Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg
September 7th, 2021
Central Washington is filled with plenty of places that can give you these experiences, so let’s take a look at some!
Central Washington's Weekend Getaway Guide for Couples
August 24th, 2021
Enjoy a romantic weekend getaway in the heart of Central Washington! Our area has a ton of activities for couples to enjoy together...
5 Central Washington Bridges That Can't Be Missed
August 13th, 2021
Bridges are magnificent structures that are not only unique in their looks, but also carry an important purpose.
Central Washington's Dog-Friendly Destinations
July 5th, 2021
Home to an abundance of outdoor escapes and pet-friendly establishments, Central Washington is the ultimate dog-friendly destination!
4 Scenic Drives in Central Washington
July 1st, 2021
Road trips are a great deal of fun and an easy way to spend time with family or friends during the weekend. You can even venture off on your own...
A Guide to Central Washington Breweries
June 23rd, 2021
It is no surprise that Central Washington boasts a plethora of outdoor adventures, but you can also count on...
Creative Day Trips in Ellensburg
June 14th, 2021
In any season, Ellensburg offers the ideal escape for a taste of local art and small-town charm. Brought to you through local craftspeople, small boutiques...
A Hiking Tour of Central Washington
June 10th, 2021
Hiking is a popular activity greatly enjoyed here in Central Washington, and rightly so. Our area is arguably one of the best places in the United States to enjoy...
Creative Day Trips in Cle Elum & Roslyn
June 7th, 2021
Venture into these rustic Washington destinations for an exploration of rich historical landmarks, unique dining and shopping opportunities, and a peek at...
Spend a Day in Roslyn, WA
June 2nd, 2021
Roslyn, Washington is a local community with historic, small-town vibes. Located just 80 miles east of Seattle, it is nestled in the Cascade Mountains and offers excellent outdoor recreation...
8 Central Washington Markets to Visit this Summer
May 27th, 2021
Central Washington is known for its agricultural community and tasteful produce harvested each year...
Where to see Wildflowers in Central Washington
May 19th, 2021
Walking among wildflowers in the rolling foothills and canyons of Central Washington is like being dropped into...
Central Washington's Staff Retreat Venues
April 23rd, 2021
Central Washington is filled with tons of great venues offering unique and entertaining activities for groups of all kinds.
A Guide to Spotting Wildlife in Central Washington
April 16th, 2021
Central Washington is home to many beautiful species of wildlife. Diverse flora and fauna fill scenic natural destinations...
Central Washington's Top Fishing Destinations
April 2nd, 2021
Whether you're a first-time angler or a seasoned pro, Central Washington is a fisherman's paradise with plenty of lakes and rivers...

Central Washington's Unexplored Destinations
Mar 29th, 2021
While many tourists will recognize Washington destinations like Ellensburg, Cle Elum, and Roslyn...
Q&A with Geologist Nick Zentner
Feb 25th, 2021
Nick Zentner is a geology instructor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg...
Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway Road Trip Itinerary
Feb 18th, 2021
The Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway highlights Central Washington's scenic vistas...
Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor
Feb 11th, 2021
In Central Washington, experiencing the outdoors is in our nature. We are committed to inspiring your love...
Q&A with Jon Hoekstra, Executive Director of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
Jan 25th, 2021
5 Picture-Perfect Places in Central Washington
Jan 11th, 2021
Central Washington is home to some of the most picturesque and jaw-dropping landscapes in the area...
Central Washington's Outdoor Winter Wonderland
Dec 16th, 2020
The long awaited Winter season has finally arrived! We're thrilled to be back in the snow and we want to help make this year...
4 Ways to Take a Hike and Help Your Favorite Trail
Dec 8th, 2020
The stormy weather has arrived - and coupled with COVID-19, our trails could use some TLC. Here's how you can help...
A Quick Outdoor Outing in Central Washington
Nov 24th, 2020
The weather is getting colder, the days shorter, and sometimes getting outside can seem undoable or like just another thing on...
Top Five Fall Hikes in Central Washington
Oct 14th, 2020
Central Washington shows some of the most vibrant fall colors in Washington. There are plenty of beautiful hikes that will have you wanting to escape...
How To: Central Washington's Visitor Center
Sept 18th, 2020
A trip to Central Washington may be on the horizon, so it is important to be prepared. Central Washington has multiple visitor centers...
Central Washington's Top Lakes
Aug 21st, 2020
Whether you are an avid fisherman or a family looking for a new body of water to explore, Central Washington has a wide variety of lakes...
The Benefits of Exploring the Outdoors
July 15th, 2020
We are officially past the dark, gloomy days of winter! The summer season is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the...
Hiking Etiquette 101: How To Be a Good Traveler in 5 Steps
June 19th, 2020
Central Washington takes pride in being home to many of the most beautiful trails in the country.
Stepping Foot into Central Washington's Top Hiking Trails
May 21st, 2020
The beauty of nature doesn't always make its way to us. We must go find it for ourselves!
Central Washington's List of Staycation Necessities
Apr 22nd, 2020
Just because we can't travel or get out and explore Central Washington right now doesn't mean we can't...
A Full List of Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy This Summer
Mar 26th, 2020
Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures...
Central Washington's Top Date Ideas
Feb 10th, 2020
Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures, Central Washington is a magical backdrop for romantic dates...
Tips for Winter Recreation
Jan 17th, 2020
Winter has overtaken Central Washington, and outdoor recreation lovers are thrilled! Activities like snowmobiling, skiing, and more...
Top Attractions in Central WA
Sept 3rd, 2019
Central Washington has a little of something for everyone, so why not take a road trip across Kittitas County to experience it all?
Top 4 Vineyards and Wineries in Central Washington
July 11th, 2019
Explore Washington Wine Country this summer with a wine tasting getaway in Central Washington!
Top 3 Summer Activities in Central Washington
July 3rd, 2019
Escape to Central Washington this summer for the ultimate outdoor adventure!
3 New Things to Try in Washington
Apr 10th, 2019
Challenge yourself by participating in a few of Central Washington's signature activities! An outdoorsman's paradise!

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A Land of Contrasts
From the mighty Columbia River to the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, Kittitas County is a premier destination for outdoor adventure, sunshine, and unique cultural offerings.
Find out more at one of our Visitor Centers:

Ellensburg, WA
609 N. Main St, Ellensburg
(888) 925-2204

Cle Elum, WA
312 W. 1st Street, Cle Elum
(509) 674-6880

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