As warmer temperatures emerge, Central Washington's diverse flora and fauna awaken to reveal lush landscapes primed for wildlife viewing, scenic hikes, bike rides, and more. A springtime escape to Central Washington offers a reintroduction to all of the warm-weather recreation opportunities you've been missing through the winter. Spring into action and add a Central Washington escape to your plans this season!

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...
A ride down the slopes. Cruising down a scenic road. Watching wildlife. Adventure means something different to everyone. Quench your thirst for adventure by making your next ESCAPE...
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...
Excursion Vendors
Make a splash during your time in Central Washington by booking a thrilling rafting excursion on the Yakima River. We have top-notch guides ready to take you out on the local waters.
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...
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...
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...
History & Culture
Central Washington is jam-packed with coal mining, railroad, timber, agriculture, education and many more intriguing topics. Visit a wide variety of museums and historical sites that have emerged...
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...
Self-Guided Activities
Explore Central Washington on your own terms! View our list of self-guided activities that can be found in Kittitas County.

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...
Trail Tips from Central Washington Outdoor
In Central Washington, experiencing the outdoors is in our nature. We are committed to inspiring your love...

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...

Central Washington's Top Fishing Destinations
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
While many tourists will recognize Washington destinations like Ellensburg, Cle Elum, and Roslyn...

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

4 Ways to Take a Hike and Help Your Favorite Trail
The stormy weather has arrived - and coupled with COVID-19, our trails could use some TLC. Here's how you can help...

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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