Olympia, WA

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The capital of the State of Washington sits on Puget Sound and excites with its aquatic pursuits, art, wildlife and museums.

Olympia is an attractive city of natural beauty and historic and cultural attractions. See public displays of art, cruise waterways and wander through a rainforest.

Charter a boat and sail around Puget Sound or canoe along the vast waterway. If you are looking for a more adventurous pursuit, go whitewater rafting on the Cispus or Skykomish rivers.

Olympia has more than 900 acres (364 hectares) of parks within its boundaries and a network of trails. Grab your camera for a wildlife watching trip at the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area. There are habitats for bald eagles, bats, river otters and harbor seals. See more wildlife, such as woodpeckers, grouse and warblers, on the McLane Creek Nature Trail in Capitol State Forest. Stroll through wetlands and a temperate rainforest at Watershed Park.

A popular place for a walk is the boardwalk at the waterfront Percival Landing Park. Here you can enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains, visit bars, shops and restaurants and admire displays of public art.

There’s more artistic work on show in several city locations. Since 1990, new construction projects have budgets set aside for public art. Rest on one of the downtown area’s colorful art benches and refill your water bottle from the artesian well.

Learn more about Olympia’s past by touring historic attractions. Explore the mid-19th-century Bigelow House and see original furniture and Victorian-era artifacts. Pick up insights into the area’s Native American history at the State Capital Museum.

Also worth a visit is the Washington State Capitol campus. See the senate chamber in the Capitol building and marvel at the interior ceiling of the dome. View art installations around the campus including World War II and Korean War memorials.

Arrive in Olympia by train, car, bus or plane. The closest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 48 miles (77 kilometers) away. The nearest railway station is 5 miles (8 kilometers) away in Lacey. Get around by the city’s efficient bus system or via the 32 miles (51 kilometers) of bike lanes.

Visit Olympia for a vacation filled with nature, culture and history.

Where to stay in Olympia

Motel 6 Tumwater, WA - Olympia
Motel 6 Tumwater, WA - Olympia
2 out of 5
400 Lee St Sw, Tumwater, Olympia, WA
The price is $55 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Olympia, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, Olympic Flight Museum, and State Capitol Museum. Hands On Children's ...
3.5/5Good! (877 reviews)
"Very nice place to stay."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Motel 6 Tumwater, WA - Olympia
Hampton Inn & Suites Olympia Lacey, WA
Hampton Inn & Suites Olympia Lacey, WA
2.5 out of 5
4301 Martin Way East, Olympia, WA
The price is $118 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Providence St. Peter Hospital and Saint Martin’s University. Fresenius Medical Care at Providence ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (828 reviews)
"Safe area, clean,"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Olympia Lacey, WA
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
4 out of 5
415 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA
The price is $122 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in the heart of Olympia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Percival Landing, Olympia Farmers Market, and WET Science Center. State Theater and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (843 reviews)
"The room was not cleaned during the stay. Also towels were not changed. I'm sure this is the new normal following the pandemic. But I would pay extra to get this complete service."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cute Cottage Close To Town and Bike Trails
Cute Cottage Close To Town and Bike Trails
Olympia, WA
This family-friendly Olympia cottage is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area and Mary Bridge Children's ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (97 reviews)
Great Location
"The Chehalis Western Bike trail is just a block away. It was perfect to do a 2 mile bike ride or a 25 mile bike ride. What ever time allowed between visiting the near by parks."

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Cute Cottage Close To Town and Bike Trails
 Stunning views of the Capitol Building, Capitol Lake, and Mt Rainier!
Stunning views of the Capitol Building, Capitol Lake, and Mt Rainier!
Olympia, WA
This family-friendly Olympia vacation home is located in South Westside, within 1 mi (2 km) of Percival Landing and State Theater. Washington State Capitol is ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Summer vacation with kids
"Perfect hosts and a wonderful house!! Would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Stunning views of the Capitol Building, Capitol Lake, and Mt Rainier!
Beautiful unit near Downtown Olympia Entire Unit 2 Bedrooms & Full Kitchen
Beautiful unit near Downtown Olympia Entire Unit 2 Bedrooms & Full Kitchen
Olympia, WA
This family-friendly vacation home is located in the city center, within 2 mi (3 km) of Yauger Park, Percival Landing, and State Theater. Hands On Children's ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Olympia
"Perfect spot"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Beautiful unit near Downtown Olympia Entire Unit 2 Bedrooms & Full Kitchen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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