5 Must-Sees for an Unforgettable Ellensburg Getaway
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
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!