5 Must-Sees for an Unforgettable Ellensburg Getaway

Experience the best of Ellensburg during your Central Washington getaway with these 5 must-see attractions! Ellensburg has a lot to offer so, after you read, be sure to visit MyEllensburg.com for even more attractions, restaurants and trip ideas for your visit to Ellensburg, WA.

1. Public Art, Galleries and Museums

Take a stroll through the streets of Ellensburg and you’ll find dozens of unique sculptures, murals, art galleries and museums. Wander down the pavilion square and you’ll run into the Ellensburg Bull. Stroll down to the Ellensburg Library where you’ll see Kitt Coyote and his mischievous grin. There is some form of art hidden around every corner of Ellensburg, ready to be discovered. During your visit, set off on an exploration of the city to see how many art pieces you can find. Be sure to hit Dick and Jane’s Spot, displaying a funky collection of over 263 unique pieces and decorated with thousands of reflectors and other devices. Also worthy of a visit on your art walk is Central Washington University, home to a variety of public art located on the lawns of the campus and in their Japanese Garden.

2. Ellensburg Blue Agate

Ellensburg is known for the beautiful Blue agates that come from a layer of basalt lava north of the city, The Teanaway Basalt, which is 47 million years old. Both locals and rock enthusiasts from around the world come to hunt the Ellensburg Blue agate stone here. During your visit, try your hand at rockhounding to take part in this rich Ellensburg tradition. Although Ellensburg Blue is quite elusive, you never know what you might find! Visit Red Top Mountain, considered one of the best areas for rockhounding. Agates, crystal and geodes are found in this region. Or, visit Rock N’ Tomahawk Ranch for guided agate hunting and to view the Ellensburg Blue they have on display.

3. The View from the Top

The winding trails within the forests of Central Washington are an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Ellensburg offers endless adventures on these beautiful paths, with hikes perfect for a range of skill levels. Many of these trails lead up to a picturesque viewpoint that’s worth the trek. Take off on the Canyon hike for a wonderful view of the Yakima River, Mt. Stuart and Mt. Rainier. Or, drive up to Lion Rock (pictured) for scenic views of the Central Cascades and the Kittitas Valley. This lookout features 360-degree views at an elevation of 6,360 feet. Pack a picnic and some blankets and head up one of Ellensburg’s trails for a stunning sunset to end your day.
Photo courtesy of The Red Pickle

4. Unique Restaurants

Every city has a few standout restaurants that the locals are quick to rave about, and Ellensburg is no exception. The Red Pickle, for example, is a must-try for visitors. Serving up family inspired, creative cuisine with Guatemalan flare, The Red Pickle offers a menu of classics with a flavorful twist.  Learn more about The Red Pickle and more of Ellensburg’s fantastic restaurants at myellensburg.com/things-to-do/eat/ During your visit, be sure to ask an Ellensburg resident for restaurant suggestions as well, they’ll be happy to point you toward their favorite spots!

5. Ellensburg Canyon Winery

Experience the best of Washington Wine Country during your visit to Ellensburg! Ellensburg Canyon Winery utilizes estate grown wine grapes from Cox Canyon Vineyards, the first and oldest commercial vineyard in Kittitas County. Visit the tasting room at Ellensburg Canyon Winery during your visit to Ellensburg to taste their award-winning wines and relax with one of the most beautiful backdrops in Central Washington. Learn more about Ellensburg Canyon Winery and view a list of other wineries and tasting rooms in Ellensburg at myellensburg.com/restaurants
Photo courtesy of Ellensburg Canyon Winery