Top things to do in Ellensburg

Rodeo in Ellensburg

Ellensburg Rodeo

Ellensburg's biggest festival coincides with the Kittitas County Fair. It's ranked among the top 10 rodeos in the nation. Prepare to see hard riding – participants take this rodeo very seriously, as there's big mone…
Fusion in Ellensburg

Yellow Church Cafe

This homey bright-yellow former church, built by the German Lutherans in 1923, is now an unconventional restaurant that serves urban-hipster-worthy food. The breakfast – including the aptly named St Benedict's – has…
Fusion in Ellensburg

Valley Café

This diminutive art-deco construction, in business since 1938, has a restaurant and cafe, along with an excellent selection of Washington wines, nicely paired with the accompanying food. Check out the pork tenderloi…
Historic Site in Ellensburg

Downtown Historic District

Beautified by a compact yet charismatic grid of Victorian buildings, central Ellensburg deserves an unhurried morning or afternoon's exploration. Kick off at the friendly chamber of commerce, where you can get infor…
Cafe in Ellensburg

D&M Coffee

With allegedly more coffee bars per head than anywhere else in the US, Ellensburg will spoil you for choice when it comes to satisfying your morning caffeine habit. D&M is the local roasting company, and this is…
Historic Site in Ellensburg

Olmstead Place State Park Heritage Area

If you head 4.5 miles southeast of Ellensburg off I-90, the historical theme continues with log cabins, pioneer barns and other farm buildings dating from 1875–90. They depict early homestead life in the Kittitas Va…
Historic Site in Ellensburg

Thorp Grist Mill

Another view of frontier agriculture is on display in the small town of Thorp, 8 miles northwest of Ellensburg at what was once a de facto meeting place for local farmers. The mill, now a rural museum, dates from 18…
Brewery in Ellensburg

Iron Horse Brewery

This downtown outpost of one of the region's best microbreweries is a bright and hip pub serving eight beers on tap and good pub grub. The dark, smooth Irish Death ale gets good reviews.
Museum in Ellensburg

Clymer Museum

Art museum featuring a permanent collection of Ellensburg-born painter John Clymer, as well as changing exhibits of Northwest artists.
Museum in Ellensburg

Kittitas County Historical Museum

Housed in the 1889 Cadwell Building, this museum is known mostly for its petrified-wood and gemstone collections but also boasts a cleverly laid-out history section documenting the backgrounds of Croatian, Arabic an…