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Whether you want to spend the night, the weekend, or the week, Central Washington Color has 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 unforgettable family-fun memories!


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Stewart Lodge

805 W. First St.
Cle Elum, WA 98922
877-233-5358

Best Western Plus Ellensburg

211 W Umtanum Rd
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-925-4244

Hampton Inn

3600 Suncadia Trail
Ellensburg, WA 989926
509-933-1600

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Day One: Evening


1) Oyama Japanese Steakhouse
Ellensburg, WA
For a fun-filled dinner, try Oyama Japanese Steakhouse. With hibachi chefs who cook your food right in front of you, you can enjoy dinner and the entertainment at the same time! They have great sushi and various Japanese dishes.




2) Blustery's
Vantage, WA
This family-friendly restaurant located in Vantage is the perfect place to stop on your way into town if you are coming for the westside of the state. Tasty burgers and melts are bound to keep you full.






3) Wing Central Roadhouse Grill
Ellensburg, WA
Start your meal with a great selection of appetizers. The "Eburg"er is the definitive choice for the bacon lover. Not a fan of bacon? Try the Artichoke Chicken melt. Their large menu has something for everyone.




Day Two: Morning


1) Liberty Café
Cle Elum, WA
Start your day of with pie, or for a more nutritious breakfast, try their giant pancakes, yummy omelets or side of bacon. The tables have fun little books you can read as you wait for your meal.







This ADA-accessible paved loop hike is a perfect morning hike. Only one mile long, you can enjoy the picturesque Gold Creek Pond with the kiddos. You can have fun exploring and testing out the water with a paved trail that leads you down the pond's bank.






3) Helen McCabe Memorial State Park
Ellensburg, WA
Located at the entrance of the Yakima River Canyon, this relatively underdeveloped park is a great place to get some fresh air and stroll alongside the 8-acre pond. There is much to explore with several hiking trails throughout the park.

Day Two: Afternoon


1) Los Chilangos
Ellesnburg, WA
This food truck serves street styled tacos on handmade tortillas for great prices and are filling. The Grande Burrito is larger than you think, so be prepared to feast! Los Chilangos has indoor and outdoor seating, so you can enjoy their yummy tacos no matter the weather.






2) Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

This easy hiking trail not only includes great views, but it also has interpretive signs along the way. Take a moment to learn about the surrounding ecosystem or take a break on one of the many log benches. http://www.wta.org/go-hiking...






3) Cle Elum Telephone Museum
Cle Elum, WA
Cle Elum's Telephone Museum is the oldest complete telephone museum west of the Mississippi. Cle Elum was home to the last operator-assisted switchboard phono company in the Pacific Northwest, closing in 1966. Take a walk through time and explore the history of telephones as well as some coal mining artifacts.


Day Two: Evening


1) Mama Vallone's
Cle Elum, WA
Mama Vallone's is the place to go for a great steak. Don't eat meat? There pastas are just as great. Mama Vallone's has been open since 1986 and has retained its family values. When you eat here you feel like a member of the family.






Roslyn, WA
For a unique movie-going experience try out this one-screen theatre. Popcorn is served with real butter! Check out their website to see which movie they will be showing!






3) Paint your own Pottery at Hidden Treasures
Ellensburg, WA
Get creative and have fun painting pottery. This unique antique mall has a room in the back where you and your family can have fun painting and glazing pre-made pottery.


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Day Three: Morning


1) Cle Elum Bakery
Cle Elum, WA
Cle Elum Bakery has become a household name for locals, tourists, and Seattleites alike. Many claim Cle Elum Bakery is a must stop for sweet treats whenever they drive by town on I-90.






2) Olmstead Place State Park
Ellensburg, WA
Take a stroll through time and enjoy the beautiful heritage gardens, explore the lands rich farming history, and enjoy the fresh air and lovely setting.






3) Find the Bison Farm in Ellensburg
Ellensburg, WA
Starting in Ellensburg, hop on Highway 10 and head towards Roslyn. You may get lucky and find bison roaming in the pastures, they can usually be found near Swauk Prairie Ranch. Want to learn about that fascinating history of these fascinating animals? Check out the following link: nationalgeographic.com/animals... Even if you don't find the bison you can enjoy the beautiful drive along Highway 10.


Day Three: Afternoon



1) Mountain High Hamburgers
Easton, WA
With a great variety of milk shakes flavors, classic burgers, and friendly service, Mountain High Hamburgers will make everyone in the family happy.






Ellensburg, WA
Grab your basketball, soccer ball, football or whatever you need for your favorite sport and head to Veteran's Memorial Park. With basketball hoops, large grassy areas, and a play structure you can spend endless amounts of time here having fun.






3) Play Volleyball at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park
Ellensburg, WA
Pack a lunch and head to Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park for an afternoon in the outdoors in Ellensburg. Bring your volleyball and gather the family and friends and enjoy a fun-filled game of grass volleyball. Located on Carey Lake you can also enjoy a dip in the cool water to cool off if it gets too toasty!


Day Three: Evening


1) The Hideaway
Roslyn, WA
With a great kid's menu, friendly staff, and a cool atmosphere, The Hideaway is a family-friendly restaurant that all can enjoy. The wood floors and brick walls make the hideaway a unique spot in Roslyn.






2) Canyon River Grill
Ellensburg, WA
The views of the Yakima River Canyon are an added bonus to the delicious meal you will enjoy when you dine at Canyon River Grill. Their fun menu gives you a chance to try something new, maybe you'll find your new favorite. Don't worry they also offer the classics such as a great burger and delicious salads.






3) McKean's Drive In
Cle Elum, WA
With new ownership McKean's Drive In is continuing its success in making road trip worthy burgers. For a unique twist you can get your burger on fresh French bread or on a hoagie roll! Keep an eye out on their re-opening, aimed for early May.


Day Four: Morning


1) Main Stop Restaurant
Kittitas, WA
With large and extremely delicious meals, you can start adventuring your fourth day in Central Washington with a full and happy stomach. Serving breakfast starting at 6:00AM you can even start bright and early.






2) Play Tennis at Roslyn City Park
Roslyn, WA
Pack your tennis rackets and play a match at Roslyn City Park. Enjoy the fresh air and warm weather while playing a match full of giggles with the family.






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


Day Four: Afternoon


1) The Boss Brazilian Barbeque
Ellensburg, WA
Not familiar with Brazilian cuisine? Make sure to ask the staff for their recommendations. You won't be disappointed! Fresh and moist meat paired with simple dishes makes The Boss Brazilian Barbeque a great spot to try a new food.







This out and back trail that's plays hide and seek with Taneum Creek is great for all skill levels. Your furry four-legged friend can join you on this hike as long as they are on their leash. Keep an eye for motorcycles as they are sometimes known to share this trail.






3) Pearl Street Books & Gifts
Ellensburg, WA
Treat yourself to a new book, perfect for the trip home and a nice memento to remember your trip by. This independent bookstore specializes in children's books, fiction and non-fiction, plus it features works of local artists.


Day Four: Evening


1) Los Cabos
Cle Elum, WA
Enjoy every bite of your authentic meal. For those of age, it is recommended that you try their jalapeno margarita. With such a great menu, you can't go wrong.





2)Palace Café
Ellensburg, WA
From juicy burgers to mouthwatering prime rib to delectable pasta, the Palace Café offers a great variety to choose from. Don't forget to ask about the Seafood Catch of the Day.





3) Stargaze near Hanson Ponds
Cle Elum, WA
Grab your blankets, pillows, and hot chocolate and head out to Hanson Ponds for a great spot to see the stars. Maybe you'll be luck and be able to catch a meteor shower.


Day Five: Morning


1) Summit Pancake House
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Located just off of I-90, Summit Pancake House is convenient and serves a hearty breakfast, perfect for the long trip ahead of you! Their melt-in-your-mouth pancakes are a must have.






2) Vinman's Bakery
Ellensburg, WA
For sweet and savory, Vinman's Bakery is your one stop shop. Expect buttery and flakey croissants, mouthwatering cinnamon rolls with a twist, and much more. Come with an empty stomach because you'll want to order one of everything.






3) Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall
Thorp, WA
Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall is open year-round. With fresh fruit, packaged goodies from local companies, and a sizeable antique mall upstairs, you could spend hours here. Make sure to bring a cooler so you can stock up on your favorite fruit and veggies.


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