Destination guide

Cle Elum _ the other Pacific Northwest

If you're looking for a Pacific Northwest that's more field-and-stream than coffee-and-cigarettes, look no further than Cle Elum. Nestled along the Yakima River on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, Cle Elum is known for its scenic natural beauty and historic, unhurried downtown. Only 90 minutes from Seattle, it's a popular destination for camping, hiking, and horseback riding. With a Cle Elum vacation rental, you'll be in the heart of a rugged outdoor playground, with mountains, rivers, and a thriving wine industry just minutes from your door.

Things to do

Cle Elum _ wine not?

Don't be fooled by the laid-back vibe _ you'll find lots to do in Cle Elum. Oenophiles flock to Swiftwater Cellars for its charming ambiance, elevated local cuisine, and top-flight wines. After a tipple (or four), you can head to the nearby Suncadia Resort. The year-round destination boasts plenty of hiking and biking trails, and winter visitors can enjoy activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Art lover? Then don't miss local landmarks like the Tire Rim Statue _ 50 tire rims welded together by a local artist _ and the Whimsical Wheelbarrow Tower, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Activities

Into the great wide open in Cle Elum

Offering everything from the steep mountain peaks to the broad Yakima River, Cle Elum is a nature-lover's paradise. Horseback riding is a popular activity, and a number of ranches and equestrian centers in the area offer guided rides for guests of all skill levels. Feeling more like a stroll than a saddle? You can check out the 1,612-acre Iron Horse State Park, where you'll find more than 100 miles of hiking trails, plus a number of campsites and spectacular views of the surrounding scenery.

Weather

Warming up to Cle Elum

Since it's in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains, Cle Elum is generally dry all year round, and its warm summer mediterranean climate means temperatures are on the mild side. Summers are warm, with average highs of 80_F in July and August. The pleasant weather means that Cle Elum vacation rentals are a popular summer pick, and you'll find that prices tend to be somewhat higher between May and September. If you're willing to wait until after Labor Day, you'll be able to save some dough, but bring a coat _ average lows dip into the 20s from November through February.

Natural features

From peaks to creeks in Cle Elum

Cle Elum is surrounded by the wooded foothills of the Cascade Mountains, just east of some of the highest peaks in the range. The nearby Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest boasts alpine meadows and high-altitude hiking trails, and its rivers and streams are home to beavers, salmon, and trout, as well as countless species of migratory birds. In town, the Yakima river is a popular destination for fly fishers thanks to its thriving fish populations. With a Cle Elum vacation rental, some of the country's most pristine natural splendor will be just a short drive from your door.

How to get there

How to get to and around Cle Elum

The nearest airport is in Wenatchee, WA (EAT-Pangborn Memorial), located 37.3 mi (60.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Yakima, WA (YKM-Yakima Air Terminal - McAllister Field), which is 47.9 mi (77 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Cle Elum?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 359 vacation rentals near Cle Elum. From 218 Houses to 59 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cle Elum for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cle Elum?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cle Elum:

  • Roslyn Ridge: 113 vacation rentals
  • Hyak: 22 vacation rentals
  • Mission Ridge Ski Area: 45 vacation rentals
  • Summit at Snoqualmie Summit East: 15 vacation rentals
  • Summit at Snoqualmie Summit Central: 151 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cle Elum?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cle Elum. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Washington State Horse Park: 335 vacation rentals
  • Centennial Park: 335 vacation rentals
  • Fireman's Park: 334 vacation rentals
  • Swiftwater Cellars: 333 vacation rentals
  • Stevens Pass Ski Area: 193 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cle Elum listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cle Elum?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 218 Houses in Cle Elum. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cle Elum include:

  • Cabins: 59 rentals available
  • Cottages: 59 rentals available
  • Lodges: 10 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cle Elum?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 142 vacation rentals with pool available in Cle Elum. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.