The Top 5 Picture-Perfect Spots in Ellensburg

Nestled in the heart of Washington State, Ellensburg is a charming town that boasts a diverse art scene, stunning natural landscapes, and a beautiful downtown filled with historic character. It’s the perfect destination for capturing those holiday memories to cherish forever. Whether you’re looking to share your adventures on social media or create lasting family photos, Ellensburg offers an array of picturesque spots to serve as your backdrop. Click here for a list of local photographers.

Olmstead Place Historical State Park

Olmstead Place Historical State Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty and historical significance. This 217-acre park offers a diverse range of photo opportunities, from historic buildings to lush gardens and serene ponds. The Olmstead family farm, preserved since the 1870s, provides an authentic glimpse into Ellensburg and our surrounding area’s pioneering history. For a touch of nostalgia in your holiday photos, capture your family in front of the well-preserved barn or by the charming, white-washed farmhouse. The fields and forest backdrop and meandering pathways are perfect for candid shots. Click here to learn more about Olmstead Park.

Downtown Ellensburg

Downtown Ellensburg is brimming with charm and character, making it the perfect setting for holiday photos. The historic architecture, colorful storefronts, and welcoming ambiance create a backdrop filled with life and energy. Stroll along the mural-lined streets, and you’ll find endless opportunities for candid family shots or stylish selfies. Many of the historic buildings downtown are coated in local art from contemporary murals to historic advertisements, these backdrops offer an extra layer to your photos that is unique to our home town. Downtown Ellensburg offers an ideal blend of urban and small-town charm, making it one of the top locations for your holiday snapshots. Click here to view some of our historic buildings downtown.

Central Washington University Campus

If you’re looking for unique photos with a diverse feel without having to travel all over the Ellensburg area, look no further than Central Washington University. With historic buildings, an art gallery, Japanese Garden, and plenty of cozy corners, the campus does not stop delivering anything less than impressive shots for your holiday family photo or social feed.


Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park

Located along the scenic Yakima River, Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park is a serene oasis of natural beauty. This park is known for its colorful trees and vegetation, picnic areas, and, of course, the picturesque river that runs through it. Capture your family playing in the snow, enjoying a hot-chocolate picnic, or simply taking in the breathtaking surroundings. The park is especially stunning during the fall when the foliage bursts into vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, making it a must-visit spot for holiday photos. Click here for parks in the Ellensburg area.

Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility

Just a short drive from Ellensburg, the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility offers a unique and modern backdrop for holiday photos. This sustainable energy facility features massive wind turbines and solar panels set against the backdrop of the rolling hills and expansive skies of Eastern Washington. The juxtaposition of these industrial energy structures against the natural beauty of the landscape creates a striking visual contrast that’s perfect for capturing unforgettable memories. Arrive during the “magic hour” around sunrise or sunset to capture the turbines casting long shadows and the sky painted in warm hues. Click here for scenic drives for roadside photo opportunities.


Holiday Events

During the holiday season Ellensburg is bustling with various events. The Friday after Thanksgiving the town celebrates “Plaid Friday” to encourage shopping local businesses. Later in the evening their Moments to Remember celebration kicks off with carolers, a lighting ceremony at the Rotary Pavilion and Santa will make an appearance. This is a great opportunity to ring the Christmas holiday and capture classic, nostalgic photos. Click here to view upcoming events.

Ellensburg, Washington, is a hidden gem for holiday photography. With its mix of historical sites, natural beauty, and small-town charm, it offers a diverse range of settings for your photos, whether for social media or cherished family memories. From the nostalgic Olmstead Place Historical State Park to the modern, sustainable backdrop of the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, you’re sure to find the perfect location to capture the essence of your holiday in Ellensburg. So pack your camera, gather your loved ones, and explore these top five places for an unforgettable photo journey in this beautiful town. Click here to book your picture-perfect stay!