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Ellensburg, Washington the Scenic Hub of the Pacific Northwest

Home to Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington hosts travelers visiting the Gorge Amphitheater, Grand Coulee Dam, the famous Northwest cities of Leavenworth, Cashmere, Wenatchee, Yakima, and Roslyn. Ellensburg is a great place to stay for a few days while visiting the Washington Wine Country and the Yakima River, one of the best fly fishing rivers in the U.S. and great for family rafting. Ellensburg has many bed and breakfasts and other lodging and a wonderful variety of restaurants. The experience of Ellensburg, Washington and the "6 brick blocks" of late Victorian buildings, erected after the tragic fire of 1889, includes museums, art galleries, antique stores, jewelry stores, many locally owned unique clothing and gift stores, and fine restaurants all located in antique buildings. Brick sidewalks, vintage lighting and signage, plenty of free parking and beautiful parks and playgrounds set the ambiance of Ellensburg. Ellensburg, Washington is like an oasis with rivers, lakes, streams and mature shade trees on the "dry" side of the Cascade Mountains.

Historic Ellensburg, Washington, in the
Foothills of the American Alps

Ellensburg, Washington is geographically located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the "American Alps". Hiking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area is enchanting and the great thing about hiking from the Ellensburg side is that there are far less cars in the trail head parking lots and far less people on the trails; AND far less rain! One of these short hikes lead to Long's Pass, as you reach the top of the hill, majestic Mt. Stuart is right in front of you, the entire mountain! You can see the base camp below at the foot of the mountain, both sides and the top, all from the same vantage point. It is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.

Ellensburg, Washington is located in the
midst of the Kittitas Valley

The Kittitas Valley stretches from the top of the Cascade Mountains to the West of the City of Ellensburg, and to the Columbia River Gorge to the East. Foothills surround the County and off road routes to Cashmere, Wenatchee, Yakima, and more remote areas like the Menastash Canyon, Lions Rock, Table mountain, are accessible from Ellensburg. Ellensburg, Washington is the county seat of this beautiful valley.

The Yakima River runs through Ellensburg, Washington and along our Southwest Border.

The Yakima River is one of the finest fly fishing and family rafting rivers in the United States. This famed river runs along two favorite scenic back roads that parallel I-90 (Route 10 from Ellensburg to Cle Elum, West toward Seattle), and Route 97 which parallels route 82 and is a favorite "short cut" to Oregon and California. Many families stop along the way to view wildlife such as big horn sheep, elk and deer, eagles, great blue herons, all common along these routes. Ellensburg, Washington is like a hub of this scenic back road web.

Historic Downtown Ellensburg is conveniently located between 2 exits from the I-90 Corridor

The Ellensburg Historic Shopping District is 1.5 miles from the I-90 exit East of the City and 2 miles from the I-90 exit West of the City. These are popular exits and two "freeway cities" have grown at each, providing convenient gas, food and lodging to the 8 million cars that pass by each year. Historic Downtown Ellensburg is like an oasis, "six brick blocks" of buildings erected in 1889 after the fire that raged through the city of July 4th of that year. Many of these buildings have been lovingly restored and house fine restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, unique locally owned shops, side by side with downtown hardware stores, sporting goods, clothing and drug stores.. Ellensburg, Washington is a perfect place to relocate a business that would like to take advantage of the traffic on this busy interstate freeway.

Ellensburg School District 401 is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 2949
No. of Schools: 6

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