5 Picture-Perfect Places in Central Washington

5 Picture-Perfect Places in Central Washington

By Shelby Walker

Central Washington is home to some of the most picturesque and jaw-dropping landscapes in the area. Ranging from the seemingly never ending countryside to the grandiose Cascade mountain range, there are countless backdrops for your photos, hikes, and special life moments in Central Washington. Whether you live here or are visiting, the scenery never gets old. Although its features change from season to season, the area remains the same monumental homebase for Pacific Northwest locals seeking adventure. Here are some of our favorite spots that offer picture-perfect views to admire and capture. Visit these places and breathe in the beauty!

Davis Peak



The hike to Davis Peak is around 10 miles roundtrip with 4,000 feet of elevation gain, making this a strenuous trek. However, the view at the end of this hike is absolutely worth it. At Davis Peak, you will be treated to a panoramic view of over 10 Cascade Peaks all around you. The trail itself is well-maintained and in good condition so you can jaunt up to the top and live your picture-perfect life!


Brightside Vintage Farm



Nestled in the Ellensburg countryside, Brightside Vintage Farm is a magical event venue and photographers dream. Whether hosting a wedding, corporate event, family reunion, birthday, or celebration of another kind, the farm makes for a stunning backdrop. With an eye for design, the property owners have created an abundance of Pinterest-stylized photo backdrops to capture your memories. From the rose garden to the apple orchard to the hay fields, this authentic farm-style venue is sure to capture your heart!


Umtanum Creek Falls



Umtanum Creek Falls is an Ellensburg classic that never fails to draw hikers back again and again to enjoy the scenic trek. The short, three miles out and back trail snakes through an enchanting forest of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine along the burbling Umtanum Creek to ultimately reveal a stunning 40-foot waterfall. The sparkling water cascades into a crystal-like pool, surrounded on three sides by basalt walls. This picturesque hike is perfect for exploring during the spring and summer months. Keep an eye out for a variety of blooming wildflowers and roaming bighorn sheep on this picture-perfect adventure!


Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center



Set high on a ridge, the Renewable Energy Center provides visitors with an up-close look at the facility's 149 wind turbines, as well as 360 degree views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River Basin. With an abundance of roaming wildlife and blooming wildflowers to capture as well, this property is a hidden treasure for photographers and hobbyists.


Granite Creek



The elevation gain on this charming trail outside of Cle Elum makes for a challenging trek, however it offers a great payoff of beautiful views. The trail follows the creek, which occasionally crosses this otherwise well-maintained path. If you are able to tackle the switchbacks, you will be rewarded with some spectacular views of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest; a perfect spot to sit back with a picnic and take in the picture-perfect landscape.


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