Ellensburg is a little and beautiful city, the county seat of Kittitas County, located in the state of Washington, the United States of America. Ellensburg is located in the heart of the state and is the home of Central Washington University. Ellensburg was incorporated on November 26, 1883. John Alden Shoudy and his wife, Mary Ellen Shoudy, were among the first settlers, so the name of the city is inspired from Ellen. Notable residents from present or past of Ellensburg are historian and author Michael Allen, football players Drew Bledsoe and Brian Habib, western artist John Clymer, major league pitcher Dave Heaverlo and actor Brian Tompson. If you would like to visit Ellensburg, make sure you reach one of the following destinations.
Top Attractions within Ellensburg
Ellensburg Downtown is the historical area of the city with buildings of major importance in its history. To make sure the buildings are well taken care off and properly promoted, an NGO named Ellensburg Downtown Association was created.
Daschunds on Parade is an annual event which attracts Daschund owners from all the state and the neighboring states. The parade is accompanied by a pet trick contest, races and a costumes competition.
Jazz in the Valley is the name of an annual music festival held every July in Ellensburg. Each year, Jazz players from around the world gather here to compete and the musical event attracts thousands of viewers from Washington and from the country.
Winterhop Brewfest is another Ellensburg festival held annually, this one in January. Every year, micro breweries present their products in the downtown area of the town, among old buildings.
Ellensburg Rodeo is a traditional event held in the city since 1923. This is the most important rodeo in the state of Washington and it takes place in the Labor Day Weekend.
Located in the lovely and picturesque Wenatchee Valley in Washington State, this area offers numerous activities for couples and families to see and explore. Visitors can drive or fly into the Pangborn Memorial Airport. Here are the top five things to do in Wenatchee and surrounding areas.
1. Take in a walking tour of the Art of the Avenues. Walk the downtown area of Wenatchee on a guided tour of the local sculptures, including dozens of bronze sculptures all located within a few blocks of each other. There are, in total, over fifty pieces to visit. For more information on the Art click on the link.
2. Sip some wine through the Columbia Cascade Winery Association. Visit some of the twenty-three local wineries on a driving tour of acres of vineyards. Take a wine-tasting tour and enjoy the lovely scenery along the way. For more information on the Winery Association click on the link.
3. Buy some locally-grown produce, sponsored by the Cascade Hills Farmland Association. The association sponsors a wine tasting festival and visitors can buy locally-grown fruit at one of their many fruit stands.
4. Go back in time at the Cashmere Pioneer Village and Museum. See what pioneer life was like back in the 19th Century Wenatchee Valley. There are twenty original pioneer buildings, complete with authentic period furniture. You can also visit the nearby Pioneer Museum. For more information on the Village click on the link.
5. Take a train ride on the Niles Saunders Steam Train. Ride an original steam locomotive that leaves from a depot in downtown Wenatchee and then rid around the rails of the Riverfront Park. For more information on the Steam Train click on the link.