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About Cle Elum

Step back in time and visit Cle Elum—one of the most underrated tourist destinations in America. 

People often overlook it, but there's plenty to enjoy in this small city. See it for yourself—book your vacation rental on FlipKey today.

About Cle Elum, Washington

Tucked away in Kittitas County lies Cle Elum, a city with small-town charm that's proud of its history.

The name Cle Elum means 'swift water' in the language of the original settlers, the Kittitas Indians. It was given this name because of the nearby river and lake. 

These also act as the main attractions to the area—the natural beauty of them both make this an idyllic vacation destination.

Just an hour and a half away from Seattle, Cle Elum is great for outdoor activities. Who knows what adventures you'll get up to?

After a long day of outdoor pursuits, we suggest a visit to the Swiftwater Cellars—they have the best locally produced wine around. Then, head to the Caboose Bar and Grill for a bite to eat. You won't be disappointed, and you'll certainly not be left hungry.

What to do

For something a little different, head to the Cle Elum Telephone Museum. It's the former office building of the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company and looks at the town's past from a slightly unusual perspective.

The Carpenter House Museum is also a great attraction. Here, you'll step right back into 1914 as you explore this glorious mansion, and maybe even have a waltz around the third-floor ballroom. You'll learn about those who lived here, and famous people in the town's history.

If you're up for a walk and an adventure, the Coal Mines Trail might be the thing for you. It passes several historic mining sites, which you can explore as you make your way along Crystal Creek. It's suitable for almost all hikers, walkers and bikers, so give it a go!

There's plenty to try while you're here—from horse riding trails in the summer to skiing in the winter, you'll never be bored.

Top travel tips

While you're exploring the outdoors, you may remember you've left something back home. But, don't worry—there are plenty of places around Cle Elum to stock up on supplies.

If you're feeling adventurous, you could camp in the lush, green forests. But be on the lookout for animals!

The city often hosts events that you're welcome to attend. Go to the visitors’ center and find out what's going on.

There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat in Cle Elum. Remember to tip and you'll be welcomed back time and time again.

Book your trip with FlipKey and start your adventure today!