Experience the magic of autumn in Central Washington! With lush forests changing color and a crisp breeze in the air, our area experiences a classic fall season that can be hard to find in other regions. Enjoy our top fall events or venture outdoors for scenic fall hikes, biking, horseback riding, and other adventures before snow falls.

1,000 Steps
Introducing 1,000 Steps at The Lodge at Suncadia. 21 flights of stairs connecting The Lodge to the Cle Elum River, providing resort guests and owners with convenient access to river activities...
If bike riding is your "happy place," check out Central Washington! Whether you prefer hitting the asphalt on two wheels or your preferred road is mostly dirt, there are so many rides...
Bird Watching
Central Washington is one of the best locations for birders in the Pacific Northwest. Tucked away far from any major cities, in the cold winter months we host some of the region's hottest birding. Late winter is prime time for viewing...
There are few ways to commune with nature that compare to sleeping under the stars. Central Washington is a must-visit camping mecca. With campgrounds sprinkled throughout the county and national parks in our backyard...
Farmer's Markets
Taste the bounty of our beautiful agricultural community. Farmers markets and fresh-picked produce stands and markets are top-notch in Central Washington. Seasonal offerings are ripe for the purchasing at Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall...
Fishing spots in Kittitas County are plentiful and waiting to be discovered on your next getaway. Our location in Central Washington is near many water bodies - many of which are accessible for anglers of many types...
18 Holes in beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions and great affordability is what you'll find in Central Washington. No matter what your skill level, you'll feel like you hit a hole-in-one for great golfing...
Hiking & Trails
Fresh air, breathtaking views, and adventure abound! You don't have to be an expert outdoorsperson to enjoy the trails in Central Washington. Kittitas County is home to great outdoor escapes...
Horseback Riding
Central Washington is made up of some of the most unique and varied terrain in the Northwest. Numerous desert-like areas, long stretches of valley, and mountain ranges, mean a horseback-riding enthusiast...
Central Washington's history is just as diverse as the region itself. Born in the golden days of the coal mining and railroad industries, local history now includes a nationally acclaimed rodeo and a famous saloon...
Nothing beats a lovely park on a beautiful day -- and Central Washington is both full of parks and heavy on the sunshine. From Japanese Gardens and Wind Farms to Memorial Parks and Disc Golf Courses...
Retail Shopping
Central Washington knows how to shop and we'll show you where! Ellensburg is a place just past where the highway speeds by. It is a downtown rich with historic architecture. It is a place where art can be seen...
Rock Hounding
Some of the wonder found in Central Washington is right at your feet -- in the rocks and minerals! Discover the crystals, agate, and jasper found in Dry Creek in Cle Elum and at Green Canyon. Also, be on the lookout for petrified wood...
Scenic Roadtrips
Did You Know?: Washington State was one of the first states in the country to establish a system of scenic highways. Scenic highways pass through the varied terrain of Central Washington reflecting the depth of its scenic...
Vineyards & Wine Tasting
Central Washington is the Gateway to Washington's wine country - so be sure to start with us! Varietals grown or produced in the Kittitas Valley include: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Muscat Ottonel & more.
Wildlife Viewing
Outdoor enthusiasts can delight at the robust variety of wildlife in Central Washington. The Yakima Canyon southeast of Ellensburg, in different seasons, can provide dramatic views of eagles, hawks and other raptors...
Barn Quilts of Kittitas County
A long and sunny season fit for growth makes Central Washington a truly beautiful and productive region to work and live!

A Guide to Spotting Wildlife in Central Washington
Central Washington is home to many beautiful species of wildlife. Diverse flora and fauna fill scenic natural destinations...

5 Picture-Perfect Places in Central Washington
Central Washington is home to some of the most picturesque and jaw-dropping landscapes in the area...

Central Washington's Top Outdoor Date Ideas
Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures, Central Washington is a magical backdrop...

Top Attractions in Central WA
Central Washington has a little of something for everyone, so why not take a road trip across Kittitas County to experience it all?

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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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