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Ellensburg

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Ellensburg [1] is a small city in the North Cascades region of Washington State.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

By car is the only practical way in, there is no air or rail service and limited bus services.

  • Interstate 90 (I-90) passes by at the south side of town. Ellensburg is accessed from Exit #106 (W. University Way & Thorp Hwy) and 109 (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. I-82 goes southeast through Yakima (36mi/57.5km), Toppenish, Sunnyside, Tri-Cities (113mi/181km) and down into Hermiston, Oregon (142mi/227km). Ends at the junction with 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 south 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]

Greyhound has four departures daily to Seattle from a stop at the western edge of town (see below):

  • Greyhound, Love's Truck Stop @ 1512 Hwy 97 (off of Exit 106 from I-90), 509-925-1177 (toll free: 1-800-231-2222), [2]. Travels primarily on Interstate 90 (Seattle, Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Spokane, Couer d'Alene, Kellog, St Regis & Missoula), 82 (Stanfield, OR; Pasco, Sunnyside, Yakima, Ellensburg & Seattle) and US395 (Pasco-Ritzville-Spokane). Passengers transfer to other buses in Seattle, Spokane, Stanfield or Missoula to get to additional cities.  edit

Besides Greyhound there are:

  • Northwestern Trailways, Love's Truck Stop @ 1512 Hwy 97 (off of Exit 106, same stop as Greyhound), 509-838-4029 (toll free: 1-800-366-3830), [3]. operates the state's "Travel Washington Apple Line" bus [4] between Ellensburg, Wenatchee & Omak.  edit
  • Bellair Airporter, Quality Inn @ 1700 Canyon Rd S (2 blocks north on Canyon Rd from exit 109), 360-380-8880 (toll free: 866-235-5247), [5]. Goes west to Cle Elum, North Bend and SeaTac Airport and southeast to Yakima. Can make an additional stop at CWU (Central Washington University) Starbucks at 908 E 10th St (in town) by reservation ONLY, does not automatically stop there.  edit
  • Ellensburg Commuter (Yakima Transit Rt #11 & by Hopesource) [6] goes up to Ellensburg & Central Washington University (CWU) campus four times daily from Yakima.

Get around[edit]

By car is the most practical & convenient way around town and around Kittitas County. There is NO rail service and very limited bus services in the county. If necessary, Hopesource operates shuttle buses to Cle Elum 3x daily, continue to Easton on request only on one route and to Yakima on the Yakima Commuter on another route. Locally 'Central Transit' provides in town shuttles. [7].

See[edit][add listing]

  • Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, +1 509-963-1111, [8]. The ten thousand undergraduates of CWU very nearly outnumber all the other residents of Ellensburg.  edit
  • Clymer Museum of Art
  • Olmstead Place State Park[9], 4 miles east of Ellensburg

Do[edit][add listing]

Buy[edit][add listing]

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Drink[edit][add listing]

  • D&M Coffee, 301 N. Pine, +1 509-925-5313, [10]. Popular hangout in the middle of downtown, and the locally-roasted coffee is tasty indeed.  edit
    • A second location is a few blocks northwest at 416 N. Main St.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Lincoln Inn & Suites, 211 W Umptanum Road, +1 509 925-4244 (toll free: +1 866 925-4288, fax: +1 509 925-4211), [11].  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park/Wanapum Recreational Area[12], about 30 miles east
  • Liberty B.L.M. Recreation Site, an old gold-mining site 22 miles from Ellensburg
  • Summit at Snoqualmie - ski resort at Snoqualmie Pass


Routes through Ellensburg
END  N noframe S  SelahYakima
SeattleCle Elum  W noframe E  Moses LakeSpokane
WenatcheeCashmere  N noframe S  SelahYakima


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