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Whether you want to spend the night, the weekend, or the week, we've created suggestions to help you get the most out of your trip to Central Washington. Each suggested itinerary is customized to your Central Washington Color, explore Central Washington with your personality in mind!

By providing you with three different suggestions for mornings, afternoons, and evenings, you can customize your trip even more! Choose your favorite suggestions for an adventure to remember!


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Lodging

The Last Resort

14254 Salmon La Sac Road
Ronald, WA 98940
509-649-2222

The Lodge at Canyon River Ranch

14700 Canyon Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-933-2100

Timber Lodge Inn

301 W 1st St
Cle Elum, WA 98922
509-674-5966

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Day One: Evening


Cle Elum, WA
A beautiful, warm, and welcoming atmosphere that is paired with a large stone fireplace makes Beau's Pizza, Pasta & Steak a restaurant worth trying. Meals are made with fresh ingredients and the menu offers a wide selection so no matter what you fancy, you'll find something you will enjoy.







2) The Keg Cellar
Cle Elum, WA
Feel like a local and enjoy the locals favorite, The Keg Cellar. It is the perfect place to celebrate your arrival to Central Washington and take a moment to relax.






Ellensburg, WA
Enjoy Springboard Winery's wide selection of wine, beer, appetizers, and meals in their cute outdoor patio. Make sure to leave extra space in your suitcase. You just might fall in love with their wine and may end up coming home with a bottle or two.


Day Two: Morning


Ellensburg, WA
Start your morning with great coffee and pastries. Dakota Cafe is a nice place to relax before the adventurous day ahead.







2) Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park
Ellensburg, WA
Carey Lake, known locally as People's Pond, is actually a slow-moving section of the Yakima River that has a pebbly beach and extensive grassy areas. Bring your kayak and launch here for a nice morning paddle or grab a blanket and some plates for a picnic breakfast in this peaceful park.






Downtown Ellensburg
Known for its excellent atmosphere, D&M Coffee's downtown location is the go to place for locals that want a fun place to relax, meet friends, or even study. Their coffee is just as good, if not better, than the atmosphere. Start your morning right with D&M Coffee.


Day Two: Afternoon


Ellensburg, WA
Tacos Chalito serves genuine Mexican Cuisine that is extremely tasty. This taco truck remains stationary on Main Street Ellensburg and offers sit down seating outside and inside the adjacent building.






Thorp, WA
Located in Thorp, Joe Watt Canyon is an intermediate to difficult x-country mountain bike trail. You can find some single track and a lot of double track on this trail. Joe Watt is a wildlife refuge so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and remember to maintain a safe distance and enjoy the ride!






Ellensburg, WA
This is not your everyday convenience store. Happy's Market is your go to shop for all your beer drinking needs. Not only do they sell a huge variety of beer, they also have a bar right in the store where you can try a pint or two of local beers on tap. Make sure to check out their food menu for a great afternoon fuel-up.


Day Two: Evening


Ellensburg, WA
"Home of the famous Ellensburger!" The Ellensburger is made with one grilled ham on their deluxe burger with melted American cheese. This interesting combination is way more delicious than it sounds. Visit Rossow's U-Tote-Em and you can claim you tried, and enjoyed, the famous Ellensburger!






Ellensburg, WA
Do you have a hankering for sushi? Kiku-Chan Japanese Restaurant serves authentic Japanese food and makes delicious sushi rolls! With great service and casual atmosphere Kiki-Chan is the answer to your cravings.






Roslyn, WA
Stop in for a bite to eat and browse through their great selection of books to leave with your new favorite book. Basecamp Books and Bites is also a great place to research the best hikes in the area. Head to the basement bar for a classy and delicious dinner. Check out their menu here: basecampbooks.com They also have trivia every Wednesday and live music every Saturday! Don't miss out on this unique stop in Roslyn, WA.


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Day Three: Morning



Wildflowers, wildlife, and old-growth oh my! This river-side hike explores the old-growth forest and is great hike for those of all levels, including kids. With great views along the way you'll enjoy every step.
Tip: The best spots for a morning snack are a half mile along the Pete Lake Trail.







Red Top Lookout is not only a great hike but it is also a great spot to find agates and thunder eggs. Check out the guide posted near the agate beds to quickly become a "pro" in rock hounding. Remember to leave the rocks where you find them so future rock hounders can marvel at them, too!






Ellensburg, WA
Looking for real homestyle cooking? Copper Kettle serves up delicious breakfast foods. Expect to leave with a full belly, their food is delightful!


Day Three: Afternoon


Roslyn, WA
Roots BBQ keeps it simple with Tradition Texas Style BBQ. Slow cooked briskets, yummy pulled pork, and an outdoor seating area serves for a great lunch in Roslyn. Check out their menu here: rootsbbqroslyn.com






Liberty, WA
With no trail structure, you can have free reign to explore Washington State's oldest mining town site. Be respectful of private property, but enjoy the afternoon exploring this historic site. Have fun and imagine what life was like back then when the Gold Rush was in the front of everyone's thoughts.







This 9-hole, par 3 course is located at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park. With easily visible baskets and clearly marked signs, this course is great for those just starting off and embarking on the Disc Golf Journey.


Day Three: Evening


1) Heritage Distilling Co.
Roslyn, WA
Roslyn's historic NWIC building is now home to Heritage Distilling Co.'s newest distillery. HDC (Heritage Distilling Co.) is one of the largest craft distilleries on the West Coast. Visit their distillery to try their well known spirits with that special Roslyn feel. Learn more about HDC here: heritagedistilling.com






Ellensburg, WA
Cornerstone Pie not only offers great pizzas but they also incorporate many elements of repurposed and recycled elements into their restaurant's design. With a fun, Steam Punk design, Cornerstone Pie is not only a treat for the taste buds, but for the eyes as well.







With magical mountain rivers winding through a gorgeous mountain valley this hike will definitely be one for the books. This trail requires you to ford the river so be careful, especially with the Spring melt from the mountains, and make sure you're hiking with a buddy!





Day Four: Morning


Ellensburg, WA
A great place to sit for a moment and wrap your head around what an awesome trip you've had so far. Great coffee, great snacks, and a great atmosphere, D & M Coffee is a GREAT place to begin your last full day in Central Washington!







Hiking around Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area can lead you to Whiskey Dick Ridge where you'll find sweeping views of what makes Central Washington such a great place to visit. It can get windy up on the ridge so dress accordingly. Make sure to keep an eye out for Mt Adams and Mt Rainier that you can sometimes see on a clear day.







The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one of the longest rail-trail conversions in the United States. Make sure to pack a jacket and a light-source because this tunnel is 2.3 miles long and can get chilly and dark, fast. Grab your bike, or just your running shoes, this tunnel is fun at all speeds. (PSA: if you decide to bike watch out for the walkers!)


Day Four: Afternoon


1) Dru Bru
Snoqualmie Pass,, WA
Dru Bru creates craft beers sourced locally, apart from the imported German malts, to create a distinct taste. This is a fun mountain brewery with distinct mountain vibes and great brews. They don't serve food so bring your own lunch or get something delivered, to enjoy inside or on the heated, dog friendly outdoor patio!






Cle Elum, WA
Looking for a fun way to explore Central Washington? Why not do it by horseback! Three Peak Outfitters offers a variety of trail riding options and is great for riders of all experience levels. Call ahead and book your reservation now!






Ellensburg, WA
Looking to stock up on new flies or need new gear? Head to Troutwater Fly Shop. Don't forget to check out the latest fishing reports while you're in. Stay awhile and kick back with a cold refreshment to catch the latest fly fishing videos on the comfortable leather couches!


Day Four: Evening


1) Mike's Tavern
Cle Elum, WA
Mike's Tavern has a great selection of Micro Beers alongside the best local wines. With pool tables, great beers and wines, you could spend hours at Mike's Tavern!






Ellensburg, WA
"Drink out cut, sharing the rest" is Whipsaw Brewing's motto. This family run brewery really cares about the people they share their beer with, so you feel welcomed as soon as you step through the doors.






Roslyn, WA
Order a pint, or pitcher, of beer and enjoy a good 'ole slice of pie at Village Pizza. Their pizza's are made with homemade dough and fresh ingredients for an explosion of flavors in every bite.


Day Five: Morning


Ellensburg, WA
Drive through Udder Place for an excellent espresso on your way out of town. Get caffeinated before your trip home!






Roslyn, WA
Maggie's Pantry offers a wide variety of natural and organic foods. Explore the grocery store side of Maggie's Pantry and stock up for the trip home or order a yummy breakfast burrito or sandwich to fuel up!






3) Summit Pancake House
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Headed west on I-90? Stop at the Summit Pancake House for a meal to satisfy you until you get home. Located just off of I-90, Summit Pancake House is convenient and serves a hearty breakfast, perfect for the long trip ahead of you!


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