Top 3 Summer Activities in Central Washington

Top 3 Summer Activities in Central Washington

Escape to Central Washington this summer for the ultimate outdoor adventure! From horseback riding and rock climbing to fishing and hunting, Central Washington has it all. The perfect destination for a weekend escape from the city or a week long family vacation, Central Washington offers a charming, small-town atmosphere, unique restaurants and lodging, and plenty of ways to explore the great outdoors! Book your stay now to partake in some of these popular outdoor activities this summer!

Lake Days

Keep cool by spending time at some of Central Washington's best lakes! Enjoy boating, floating, fishing and more in the water, then explore the nearby area to find the perfect picnic spot or a hiking trail! Home to many great lakes and rivers, Central Washington is the perfect spot to escape and spend the day in an excluded area on the water. Top lakes in the area include Lake Easton, Cle Elum Lake, Mattoon Lake, and Wanapum Lake, but more options can be found here.


Surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges and lakes, Central Washington is a hiker's dream. There's nothing quite like the breathtaking views that can be seen from the top of the area's mountain peaks. Hikers will find many exciting trails that range from moderate to challenging and have varying terrain, elevation, incline, and length. Top hikes in the area include Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, Umtanum Falls, Davis Peak Trail, Swauk Forest Discovery Trail, and more! Central Washington is also an excellent spot for birdwatching so be sure to pack binoculars and look out for various bird species and other wildlife that are often spotted in the area. Learn more about hiking and trails in Central Washington here.


The summer wouldn't be complete without at least one golfing trip! Test out the pristine golf courses of Central Washington this year to enjoy a new challenge! Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum is home to the Rope Rider course for all skill levels and the magnificent 18-hole Mountain course, Prospector, which was created by the Palmer Course Design Company. Also in the area is Sun Country Golf offering a fun and challenging Alpine course and Ellensburg Golf and Country Club located along the Yakima River with a stunning backdrop view of the Stewart Mountains.

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