Did You Know?: Washington State was one of the first states in the country to establish a system of scenic highways.
Scenic roadtrips in Central Washington offer scenic, cultural and historic landscapes.
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Kittitas County is the first in Washington State to have Barn Quilts and a tour. The Barn Quilts are a beautiful way to honor Kittitas County’s agriculture industry and the farm / ranch families that settled in the area. This is also a unique and exquisite way to promote the community and local sponsors, through the creative skills and talents of its community members.
The Barn Quilts are new to Kittitas County and will be a fun, educational, and exciting scenic adventure for everyone to enjoy. Barn Quilts of Kittitas County, a non-profit, was registered with the state on June 19th, 2012 and the first Quilt Barns were painted and installed during the 2012 summer. . If you haven’t yet been… click below for your map and being the Barn Quilt adventure today!
Roslyn to Salmon la Sac
Native Americans created the first trails through the Salmon la Sac area, and used the area for layovers on journeys into higher mountain areas.
Later, after the formation of the Cle Elum Mining District in the late 1800s, the area connected miners to nearby claims that held deposits of gold and other minerals.
State Route 10
When staying in Ellensburg, you shouldn’t miss a chance to drive Highway 10, where the Upper Yakima River Canyon winds its way through pasture, steep cliffs and wooded areas. From downtown, head west on University Way. Take a right on to Reecer Creek Road. Take an immediate left on Highway 10. It twists all the way up to Cle Elum, giving the motorist views of some of the most scenic areas around.
Cle Elum, WA
The Teanaway Road ofers dazzling views of the Teanaway River and valley. Spring comes early to the area, and trees changing colors during the fall are spectacular. The area offers camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and other opportunities to explore the backcountry. The picturesque Swauk-Teanaway Grange on Ballard Hill Road ofers a number of activities throughout the year, including a popular hunters breakfast, bluegrass concerts and a holiday bazaar. While the paved portion of the Teanaway Road is in good condition, high-clearance vehicles are advised for the unpaved portion of the road about 15 miles into the valley.
Now, don’t act all surprised that I’ve posted yet another old highway alignment. This one however is rather nice and much twistier than the parallel Interstate 90 a few miles to the south.
This one is quite a bit of fun, actually. It winds along the valleys that lead down to the Columbia River and passes some rock quarries and a large windmill installation on the north side of the road.
There’s lot of fun to be had on this expanse of lightly-traveled chipseal, but apparently there’s been a number of accidents as well. Some WSDOT pages I’ve seen indicate that this road has been designated a “Safety Corridor” so it would be wise to keep your speed down to a reasonable level and keep an eye out for other traffic in additional to one’s usual vigilance for law enforcement.
Welcome to the Yakima River Canyon, where Highway 821 parallels the gentle Yakima River for 27 miles, through massive basalt cliffs and rolling desert hills. Follow this scenic pathway for glimpses of rich wildlife and plant communities, echoes of a historical past and many opportunities for recreational enjoyment.
This canyon has been designated as a state scenic route and offers excellent wildlife viewing, fishing in a Blue Ribbon trout stream, family river rafting and camping.