Upper Kittitas County encompasses the I-90 corridor in Washington State and includes the communities of Cle Elum, Easton, Ronald, Roslyn, South Cle Elum and Snoqualmie Pass. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, and many bodies of water along with ranch land in the valley bottoms. It is no wonder that more people are discovering upper Kittitas County as the place to play, work, and live. Additionally in the area, Suncadia presents a vibrant resort community with a walking Village, golf and spa amongst phenomenal scenery and 40 miles of trails of the Wenatchee National Forest.
The Yakima River is one of the finest fly-fishing and family rafting rivers in the United States. Presenting countless outdoor activities, kayaking, hiking, hunting and bird watching can all be done in an afternoon. A tributary of the Columbia River, the Yakima provides the resourceful irrigation systems to grow Washington’s famous apples and vineyards in the valley. This famed river runs along two favorite scenic back roads. 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. Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, dubbed the “American Alps,” Ellensburg offers unparalleled hiking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. With less people on the trail and less rain, the majestic Mt. Stuart is clearly visible to trekkers.
Events in the area offer culture, arts and outdoor fun. The First Friday Artwalk is a self-guided walking tour of the City of Ellensburg's participating art venues. Take part in the TRIOBA Adventure Race Series, which challenges skills in trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and navigation. Swim, bike and run in the Whisky Dick Triathlon from Kittitas to Ellensburg. Tap your toes to Jazz in the Valley, showcasing 23 acts in 10 venues in historic Downtown Ellensburg. Visit the infamous Ellensburg Rodeo, started in 1923. As one of the "old rodeos," it has earned its place as one of America's Top 25 professional rodeos. Take the family to Bite of the Burg, where Ellensburg welcomes the CWU students and visitors alike with samples from local restaurants. Pedal through the 104-kilometer ride of the Ellensburg Manastash Metric Bicycle Tour, where participants can view some of the most scenic cycling country and the winding Yakima River. Listen to the splendor of the many visiting orchestras, such as the Seattle Symphony or the CWU Performing Arts & Presidential Speaker Series. Take a seat for the Ellensburg Film Festival. Whether your preference is to be part of the action, or enjoy the plethora of activities, Ellensburg offers a weekend outing whatever your speed.
Whether it's the cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful scenery, Ellensburg and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The small town charm within a short distance of the bustling city life of Seattle makes Ellensburg a great place to call home.
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