Just because Washington was discovered later by Europeans doesn’t mean that you have to wait just as long to explore it! Majestic mountains and lush green landscapes await you in here. A haven for wildlife and artists alike, there is something for everyone. While Seattle is the epitome of modernity, some time away from the traffic and city noises and get to know the beauty that rural Washington has to offer.
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1. Ellensburg, Washington
Located in Kittitas County, just east of the Cascade Range off of Interstate 90, Ellensburg is a central Washington destination. With a historic downtown that dates back to the late 19th century, Ellensburg came in second to Olympia in a bid for the state capital. Nowadays, it’s a perfect trip for art and history lovers.
Fortunate enough to have a drier climate than that of western Washington, come to Ellensburg to relax and get some sunshine. Spend some time downtown or at the Clymer Museum and Gallery if you’re an art lover. Central Washington University also offers the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery in their Department of Art, and every first Friday evening of the month, the town hosts the First Friday Art Walk. Even if art isn’t your passion, this is a can’t-miss event, with live music, art, wine to enjoy alongside the community of Ellensburg.