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Iconic Barge Hall at Central Washington University

Ellensburg is a city of 19,001 in the North Cascades region of Washington State.

Get in[edit]

Ellensburg is located at the junction of Interstates 90 and 82, approximately 110 miles east of Seattle and 170 miles west of Spokane. Road is the only practical way in, there is no air or rail service. Greyhound has four departures daily to Seattle from a stop at the western edge of town (see below).

  • Interstate 90 (I-90) is located south of town. Ellensburg is accessed from Exits #106 (W. University Way & Thorp Hwy) and 109 (S Canyon Rd). Located 110mi/165km (1hr38min) east of Seattle and 170mi/272km (2hr44min) west of Spokane.
  • Interstate 82 (I-82) begins southeast of Ellensburg at Exit 110 from I-90. I-82 goes southeast through Yakima (36mi/57.5km), Toppenish, Sunnyside, Tri-Cities (113mi/181km) and down into Hermiston, Oregon (142mi/227km) to Interstate 84. From I-84, I-82 starts from Exit #179.
  • US-Hwy 97 goes another 160mi/256km (3hr) north to Omak and another 48mi/77km (:45min) from Omak to Osoyoos, BC by Lake Osoyoos, just over the U.S./Canadian border. From I-90, access to US Hwy 97 northbound is off of Exit #106 and the first left (north) from the eastside of the freeway. Going southbound, US-97 follows I-82 to Union Gap just to just south of Yakima where it branches off again on a separate road to Toppenish and south to Biggs Junction, Oregon (Exit #104 along Interstate 84 in Oregon).

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Ellensburg

The city is small enough to walk on foot in less than an hour.

By bus[edit]

Central Transit operates local city buses/shuttles between downtown and Central Washington University and the surrounding areas around town. The Orange Route (Rt #5) connects the bus station at Love's Truck bus stop to town. Bus service is funded by the City of Ellensburg, Hopesource and Central Washington State University.


Kittitas County Historical Museum
  • 1 Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, +1 509 963-1111. The ten thousand undergraduates of CWU very nearly outnumber all the other residents of Ellensburg.
  • 2 Kittitas County Historical Museum, 114 E 3rd Ave (E 3rd & Pine next to post office), +1 509 925-3778. Located in the historic Cadwell Building in beautiful downtown Ellensburg and consisting of over 9,000 square feet of display space, the Kittitas County Historical Museum seek to collect and preserve the history and heritage of Kittitas County.
  • 3 Clymer Museum & Gallery, 416 N Pearl St (Along N Pearl St, closer to 5th.), +1 509 962-6416, . M-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Ellensburg's art museum.
  • 4 Olmstead Place State Park, 921 N Ferguson Rd (4 miles southeast of downtown along Kittitas Hwy.). Dawn-dusk. Located 4.5mi southeast of town, this 217 acre state park has farm houses, barns and other outbuilding functioning as a museum of sorts depicting pioneer farm life in the 19th century..
  • 5 Dick and Jane's Spot, 101 N Pearl St (NW of 1st & Pearl St, across from the fire dept.). A private home where the entire house and yard are covered in art. Entry is not allowed, but the house is completely visible from outside the fence. free.
  • 6 Gallery One Visual Arts Center, 408 N Pearl St, +1 509-925-2670. Mon-Fri 11 AM - 5 PM, Sat 10 AM - 4 PM, Sun 12 PM - 4 PM. Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition and appreciation of visual arts in Central Washington. Gallery One Visual Arts Center (Q16891519) on Wikidata Gallery One Visual Arts Center on Wikipedia


  • 1 Wild Goose Casino, 1600 Currier St (I-90 exit 106, along W University Way going into town.), +1 509 925-5825. W-Su. Has a sport bar and grill and happy hour 3-6PM.
  • 2 Ellensburg Rodeo, toll-free: +1-800-637-2444. Held every Labor Day weekend (usually the first week of September), the Ellensburg Rodeo has been called one of America’s top 25 rodeos. Within the Northwest, it is second in size only to the Calgary Stampede, in Calgary, Alberta. Established in 1923, it regularly attracts more than 600 contestants 16-36$. Ellensburg Rodeo (Q5365131) on Wikidata Ellensburg Rodeo on Wikipedia
  • Jazz in the Valley. Annually, last weekend of July. Jazz in the Valley is a three-day festival with over 23 jazz artists in 10 intimate venues, all within walking distance in Historic Downtown.



  • 1 Ellensburg Pasta Company (EPC), 600 N Main St, +1 509-933-3330. Mon-Sat 11 AM - 9 PM. Family-friendly Italian cafe with local beer & wines, plus gluten-free options, in comfy digs.
  • 2 El Caporal II, 201 W University Way, +1 509-962-5228. Daily 11 AM - 10 PM. Laid-back Mexican outfit featuring margaritas and classic eats such as tacos and enchiladas.
  • 3 The Tav, 117 W 4th Ave, +1 509-925-3939. Daily 11 AM - 2 AM. Down-home watering hole offering American pub grub, tap brews, simple cocktails, pool & pinball.
  • 4 Wing Central, 1801 N Walnut St #2, +1 509-962-5400. Mon-Sat 11 AM - 10 PM, Sun 11 AM - 9 PM. Lively hangout for sports on flat-screen TVs, plus chicken wings, burgers & 100+ beer choices.
  • 5 The Palace Cafe (The Palace), 323 N Main St, +1 509 925-2327. Mon-Thu 6 AM - 9 PM, Fri-Sat 6 AM - 10 PM, Sun 7 AM - 9 PM. Storied cafe serving American eats amid tin ceilings & wainscoting in a 1908 brick storefront.
  • 6 Bleachers, 730 E University Way, +1 509 962-2337. Sun-Thu 11 AM - 9 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM - 11 PM. Sports bar and grill close to CWU campus.
  • 7 Campus U-Tote-Em, 810 E University Way, +1 509 925-1600. Sat-Thu 7 AM - 9 PM, Fri 7 AM - 9:30 PM. No-frills, old-school nook with counter service for signature burgers, sandwiches, fries & shakes.


  • D&M Coffee, (Headquarters & roasting plant) 215 W 3rd, +1 509 925-5313. Locally roasted coffee in three locations locally.
  • 1 Iron Horse Brewery, 412 N Main St (Along N Main St between W 4th & 5th Ave), +1 509 933-3134, . Su 1-7PM, M-W 4-9PM, Th 2-9PM, F-Sa 1-9PM. Small microbrewery and pub in downtown Ellensburg.
  • 2 The Tav, 117 W 4th Ave, +1 509-925-3939. Daily 11 AM - 2 AM. Down-home watering hole offering American pub grub, tap brews, simple cocktails, pool & pinball.
  • 3 Whipsaw Brewing, 704 N Wenas St (Along Wenas between W University & 7th Ave, northwestern part of town), +1 509 968-5111. Whipsaw Brewing is one of the newer breweries in Ellensburg and has a great lineup of beers. There is indoor and outdoor seating with a few games about in the beer garden. A food truck is there pretty much every day. There are mostly common styles of beer brewed here, with maybe a dozen on tap. This is quite a local place, lots of friendly people that are happy to talk beer. 5$ Pints.




The area code for Ellensburg is 509.

By mail[edit]

  • 1 US Postal Service (USPS), 100 E 3rd Ave (E 3rd Ave & Pearl in downtown), +1 509 962-4360, toll-free: +1-800-275-8777. M-F 8AM-5PM. The zip code for Ellensburg, Central Washington State University (CWU) and the surrounding areas is 98926
  • 2 US Postal Service (USPS), 107 Main St, Kittitas WA 98934 (Main St & 1st Ave on southside of town), +1 509 968-3577, toll-free: +1-800-275-8777. M-F 8:30AM-1PM and 1:30PM-4PM. The zip code for the little area of Kittitas 7 mi (11 km) southeast of Ellensburg is 98934

Go next[edit]

Routes through Ellensburg
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