5 Must-See Towns Between Spokane and Seattle

May 31, 2018

During your road trip across Washington State, you might want to plan for a few stops along the way. Many small towns between Spokane and Seattle are full of character, history, relaxation, and adventure, offering the perfect opportunity for a pit stop. In fact, you might find yourself wanting to stay a little longer.

Whether it’s rock climbing, wine tasting, or treating yourself to a spa weekend, Central Washington towns have a little something for everyone and provide entertainment in the most unique ways. Read our list below to add the top 5 must-see towns between Spokane and Seattle to your road trip itinerary.

Soap Lake

Established in 1919, the city of Soap Lake sits in Central Washington on the southern tip of Lower Grand Coulee. This town is world renowned for being the home of Soap Lake, a naturally mineralized lake known for having healing properties. People flock from all over to soak in the waters and apply their very own Soap Lake mud bath.

In the town, you will also find annual rallies held by motorcycle clubs, antique stores, and local flea markets. To experience the best of both worlds, staying at Soap Lake Resort offers lakefront access located right in the heart of its main street. The resort also offers a private Jetted Tub in many rooms, which pumps in the lake’s therapeutic mineral water.


Winthrop is a charming town located in Matthew Valley halfway between Spokane and Seattle. The storefronts take visitors back in time to the dust swept streets and swing-door saloons of the gold rush era.

This charming town is the perfect destination for any adventurous traveler, regardless of the season. In the winter time, visitors spend their time backcountry skiing and ice skating in an outdoor rink. During the summer, tourists enjoy rock climbing, horse riding, hunting, and fishing.


Ellensburg is a small town about 90 minutes from Seattle on the eastern rim of the Cascade Mountain Range. It is home to one of America’s most successful rodeos and endless hidden treasures.  Dozens of historical buildings line the quaint Downtown Ellensburg streets with several museums and locally-owned shops.

Outdoors enthusiasts tend to migrate toward rafting, fishing, snow sports, and exploring the rugged mountain region. Travelers who prefer to spend their time relaxing love to partake in winery and brewery tours, taking a scenic drive, or watching the wildlife.


Prosser, a Benton County small town close to Yakima, is best known for its annual hot air balloon festival and beautiful wine country. Proud of their industry, the local community provides travelers with guided tours around the grape plantations and over 40 wineries. They also promote taste testings of the local produce.

In a spooky twist, Prosser is also the home of Gravity Hill. This is a naturally occurring optical illusion where going down often looks like going up, due in no small part to the lack of a visible horizon. Science aside, Gravity Hill is in an area supposedly teeming with paranormal activity and ghostly lore.


Originally settled in the late 1800s, Monroe grew into a city when the Great Northern Railroad was constructed in the 1880s. It is now known as a vast forest region is a popular spot for several outdoor activities. In Monroe, you can spend your time camping, white-water rafting, and hiking. To the south of Monroe, there are beautiful panoramas of rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend excursion or an outdoor adventure, the charming towns between Spokane and Seattle are ones that you cannot miss! Even though you may be tempted to make the drive from Spokane to Seattle in a single day, consider otherwise. It may be time to get out your calendar and map and plan a true Washington road trip!