Whether you like to soak up the summer sun with a cold local brew, enjoy a family getaway filled with educational adventures, or escape into nature for thrilling outdoor excursions, Central Washington offers all the ingredients you need to plan your perfect summer vacation!

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...
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...
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...
On the Water
Being out on the water is an experience many people wait all year to have. Central Washington is bursting with options of lakes, rivers, and streams! So whether you like to tube, swim, jetski, fly fish, angle fish, or relax...
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...
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...
Self-Guided Activities
Explore Central Washington on your own terms! View our list of self-guided activities that can be found in Kittitas County.

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

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!

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, there are more options nearby...

Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway Road Trip Itinerary
The Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway highlights Central Washington's scenic vistas, diverse recreational opportunities...

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

A Full List Central Washington's Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy This Summer
Known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor adventures, Central Washington is...
Top 3 Summer Activities in Central Washington
Escape to Central Washington this summer for the ultimate outdoor adventure! From horseback riding and rock climbing...

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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