Ellensburg Travel Guide

Located in Central Washington, east of the Cascade Range and Seattle, the charming town of Ellensburg offers pioneering history, agriculture and plenty of outdoor recreation. The old district of the town is rather historic, with 19th century brick buildings giving the otherwise dusty town a certain charm. However, despite its attractiveness, visitors don’t come to Ellensburg for its Victorian-style architecture, but instead for the Ellensburg Rodeo.

A stroll down the pedestrian-friendly historic Main street provides you with stunning Victorian architecture, museums, art galleries, antique stores and fine restaurants. Ellensburg is also home to Central Washington University. This Northwest destination has recently begun attracting more tourists due to an esteemed award from the National Trust for historical preservation and its dedication to restoring significant locations.

Apart from its historical sights, Ellensburg pulls vacationers with its annual rodeo, dry climate, excellent fishing opportunities in the Yakima River and other outdoor recreational pursuits such as hiking, hunting and camping. The town also hosts a number of entertaining events including the Ellensburg National Art Show and Auction, Jazz in the Valley, Winterhop Brewfest and Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering.


Ellensburg Rodeo: the primary attraction of the town is this popular annual event that draws Stetson clad cowboys who take turns riding bucking broncos.

Clymer Museum of Art: the museum displays the works of American artist John Ford Clymer and creations by new and emerging artists.

Children’s Activity Museum of Ellensburg: a variety of displays and hands-on exhibits for kids can be found in this venue on North Main.

Main Street Market Antiques: the group of Northwest dealers features a great variety of antiques and collectibles.

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: comprises almost 800 lakes and offers fishing, rafting, camping, downhill skiing and more.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest: situated 30 miles east of Ellensburg, the park contains several petrified trees and has been nominated a National Natural Landmark.