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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 fun filled experiences to last a lifetime!


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Lodging
Hampton Inn
3600 Suncadia Trail, Ellensburg

Relax and refresh in the heart of Kittitas County at Hampton Inn Ellensburg. Set close to Seattle and Spokane, this Ellensburg hotel is just three miles from Central Washington University. Explore the downtown shopping district only minutes from the hotel. Take a trip to the Gorge Amphitheater, savor fine wine at nearby wineries, or admire Olmsted Place State Park. Visit the fascinating Kittitas County Historical Museum and discover stunning collections in the Clymer Museum of Art. Play a game on Carey Lakes Golf Course or experience a thrilling kayak ride down the Yakima River. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through one of the many nearby apple orchards.

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For additional lodging options, check out Econo Lodge Cle Elum (906 E 1st St., Cle Elum) or Motel 6 (403 W University Way, Ellensburg).

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Day One: Evening


Roslyn Brewing Company Taproom
208 W Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn

This dog friendly taproom is a great place to fill up that growler you've been waiting to use. With a cool copper bar, classic Roslyn exterior, and plenty of delicious beer on tap, this is the perfect spot for an evening out on the town.

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The Orchard (212 E 1st St, Cle Elum) is great place to go out to celebrate or just to treat yourself and your friends. Each dish is creative, delicious, and beautifully presented (aka Instagram worthy) so don't forget to snap a pic before you dive in or check out Blue Rock Saloon (404 N Pine St, Ellensburg). Order a side of tots alongside your meal and then prepare yourself for a fun night filled with music and line dancing. Even if you don't particularly like country music, you will still have a blast, especially if it is a weekend night.

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Day Two: Morning


Cooper River Trail

Wildflowers, wildlife, and old-growth oh my! This river-side hike explores the old-growth forest and is a 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.

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For a homemade and delicious breakfast, Sunset Café (318 E 1st St, Cle Elum) will deliver. With a generous breakfast menu you can have all the classics such as blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs, or gravy and biscuits and more! You can even treat yourself to a post-breakfast pie. After breakfast head over to Explore this "Old Skool" shop (308 N Main St, Ellensburg). With records, cds, and vintage clothing you can embrace the "good ol' days".

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Day Two: Afternoon


BRIX by Elevage Wine Company
109 W 3rd Ave, Ellensburg

Relax and enjoy an afternoon in the outdoor seating with great wine and delicious food. Not a wine person? BRIX also has a great selection of beer on rotation.

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Spend the afternoon at Lake Easton. Canoes or paddle boats are available to rent. Take a paddle boat for a spin, pack some snacks and enjoy the time out on the water. For Bar B Que lovers Smokey's Bar-B-Que (801 Milwaukee Ave, South Cle Elum) will exceed your expectations. Located in the train depot in South Cle Elum, you can enjoy your meal in a great atmosphere. They even have a nice selection of vegetarian options.

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Day Two: Evening


[ the pub ] by Iron Horse Brewery
412 N Main St, Ellensburg

Order a flight of their most popular beers and find your new favorite. Grab a pint of your new favorite and enjoy delicious and locally sourced pub fare.

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Check out the Frontier Tavern (Highlights info row image 111 W 4th Ave., Ellensburg), a local bar with awesome folks. Stiff drinks, pretty cowgirls and cowboys.

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Day Three: Morning


Gunnar's Café
108 N Oakes Ave, Cle Elum

Grab a breakfast sandwich or stay a while and order a healthy and hearty breakfast to eat it in the fun upstairs seating area.

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Spend the morning relaxing and catching some of those early afternoon sun rays. If it is warm enough, you can even take a dip in the Columbia River, so don't forget your swim suit. What better souvenir than a unique and vintage trinket from a Central Washington antique store! Explore the beautiful and quirky items Tuckaway Antiques (215 E 1st St, Cle Elum) has in store.

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Day Three: Afternoon


Photoshoot on Westberg Trail

In the late spring, Westberg Trail is a butterfly haven. Throughout the whole hike you can find amazing fields of flowers. Find the perfect field of flowers and butterfly's and stop for picture-perfect photoshoot with friends.

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For a unique wine tasting experience, head to Ellensburg Canyon Winery. Sample any of the wines that catch your eye and spend some time chatting with the owner Gary. He is exceptionally educated in wine making and is very personable or grab a bite to eat at Best of Thai (321 E 1st St, Cle Elum).

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Day Three: Evening


The Horseshoe Tavern
106 W 3rd Ave, Ellensburg

Head on over to the Horseshoe Tavern before 6:00PM Monday-Friday and check out their happy hour. Play a game of pool and try one of the many craft beers on tap for a fun night out with friends.

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Home to a great selection of beer, friendly servers, and classic pub fare, you can enjoy the evening with friends playing pool at The Tav (117 W 4th Ave, Ellensburg) or check out The Keg Cellar (112 N Pennsylvania Ave, Cle Elum), a great place to watch "the big game" (whatever sport that may be) and hang out with your friends. Make sure to try the house signature Dragon Fly shot and get to know the bartenders.

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Day Four: Morning


Evolve Clothing and Jewelry
415 N Pine St., Ellensburg

Explore this fun boutique in downtown Ellensburg. With unique jewelry and cute clothing, you'll leave with a new outfit to explore Central Washington in!

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With exceptional service and breakfast served with fresh ingredients, you'll want to eat breakfast at Cottage Café & Fireside Lounge as often as possible. Their omelets are delicious, and their pies are made from scratch- so you can get breakfast and dessert all in one stop or grab your travel coffee mug and head to Reed Park (Ellensburg, WA) for great views of Ellensburg. You can see Central Washington University's Campus, Kittitas Valley, and the Stewart Range. Nothing like starting your morning with some beauty.

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Day Four: Afternoon


Kabob House
119 W 5th Ave, Ellensburg

Kabob House is the go to spot in Ellensburg for Greek Cuisine. Enjoy a delicious gyro or try their homemade hummus as an appetizer.

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Glass blowing class! Embrace your inner artist and bring your friends to fused (101 E Pennsylvania Ave, Roslyn) for a glass blowing class. Even if you don't participate you will enjoy watching the process of making glass art or head over to the Easton Saloon (1860 Railroad St, Easton) is filled with character and is a great spot to enjoy the yummy food and friendly service. With reasonable prices you can spend the afternoon here relaxing with your drink of choice.

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Day Four: Evening


Wild Goose Casino
1600 Currier St, Ellensburg

For a fun and unique night out, head to Wild Goose Casino. They have plenty of table games, a full bar, and great food! For a small casino, Wild Goose has a lot to offer.

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With tons of TV's, Bleachers Sports Bar & Grill is THE spot to watch games. This bar and grill has a nice assortment of menu options and an attentive and lovely staff. With a melt-in-your-mouth prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights, friendly service, and a generous menu, The Old #3 (8381 WA-903, Ronald) is a great place to re-energize after a full day exploring Central Washington.

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Day Five: Morning


Parkside Café and Turtle Lounge
2560 W Sparks Rd, Easton

With large servings and superb food, you will leave with a happy belly. No better way to end a vacation than with great food.

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Just off of I-90 on Snoqualmie Pass, Red Mountain Coffee (773 WA-906, Snoqualmie Pass) is the perfect spot to stop to grab some caffeine for your trip home. You can even grab a delicious slice of pizza for the road or try Udderly Espresso (608 E Mountain View Ave, Ellensburg) with friendly baristas that will make your day! Great coffee from great people.

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