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Washington Sunset

We get all four seasons in Washington and while they're all great, it's hard to dispute that summer is the best season to experience the natural beauty that surrounds us. More sunshine, warm weather, and picturesque sunsets; sounds dreamy right!?

Experience the magic of Washington in the summer for yourself, here are the top places to catch a sunset: 

Paul Rogers Wildlife Park

Walking paths and wildlife-viewing areas await visitors of Paul Rogers Wildlife Park. The park is 20 acres, making it a great spot for jogs and walks. Sunset is an especially great time to visit, the glow of the sun bounces off the greenery and shrubs to create a majestic setting, perfect for capturing those golden light selfies.

Directions: 2400 Judge Ronald Road | Ellensburg, WA 98926

Lion's Rock

Add the beautiful Ellensburg skies at sunset to the amazing views that Lion's rock provides and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for an unforgettable experience. Hiking and biking are the best options to for taking on the hike to the top of Lion's Rock. Camping is also an option for visitors, so no need to worry about hiking back down in the dark.
Directions: Take Exit 106 the first Ellensburg exit. The ramp will take you over the freeway onto University Way. Not far after crossing the freeway, take a left onto Hwy 10 and then a right onto Reecer Creek Road. Reecer will take you all the way there.

Reed Park

No need to travel to far out of town for this top sunset catching spot. Reed Park sits above the Ellensburg Rodeo arena and provides a great birds-eye view of Ellensburg, Kittitas County Fairgrounds, Central Washington University's campus, the Kittitas Valley and the Stuart Mountain Range.

Directions: 1200 E. 6th | Ellensburg, WA 98926

Head east on Third Avenue from Main Street. Follow until you reach Maple Street, turn left, and then turn onto Craig Avenue. Follow Craig Avenue northeast. The park will be at the top of Craig's Hill and across from the American Legion building.

Carey Lake

You'll find the locals cooling off at Carey Lake, aka Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, on any given summer day. Spend the entire day at Irene Rinehart Park or come on down right before sunset. The setting sun lights up the water and surrounding trees; creating a picturesque scene.

Directions: Follow Umtanum Road west from Canyon Road about 1.5 miles, follow blacktop drive approximately 3/4 of a mile to parking lot.


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