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, 98501
The price is $50 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5
Stay at this motel in Olympia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
3.4/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
Not bad
"Clean although unpleasant sanitized smell. Nicely decorated room. Tub drained slowly and backed up during my shower so stood ankle deep in cold water. Coffee provided, but lukewarm at 6 AM."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Ramada by Wyndham Olympia
Ramada by Wyndham Olympia
2.5 out of 5
4520 Martin Way E., I-5 & Exit 109, Olympia, WA, 98516
The price is $109 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Olympia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,005 reviews)
"The hotel was in a good area and there was lots of amenities. Staff were friendly and answered questions we had. Breakfast was good but could be improved. Overall a good stay :)"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
3 out of 5
2101 Henderson Park Lane SE, Olympia, WA, 98501
The price is $127 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Olympia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (808 reviews)
"Like it"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

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.
The Lighthouse Room I Peace, Relaxation and Water!
The Lighthouse Room I Peace, Relaxation and Water!
Olympia, WA
Stay at this vacation home in Olympia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area and ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Olympia WA trip
"Our stay was perfect as we just needed a place close to all of the wedding activities for the weekend. Very quiet and peaceful neighborhood. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and everyone was so kind."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Beautiful brand New 2 bedroom, walking distance from Downtown
Beautiful brand New 2 bedroom, walking distance from Downtown
Olympia, WA
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Olympia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Percival Landing and Olympia Farmers Market ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Clean, convenient 2 BR
"Convenient to Olympia downtown and roads. Quiet and comfortable beds. It was perfect for the four of us."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

The Lighthouse RV-  Beautiful views- Boston Harbor I Olympia
The Lighthouse RV- Beautiful views- Boston Harbor I Olympia
Olympia, WA
Stay at this vacation home in Olympia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Enjoyable
"The host keeps a super clean environment. The bedroom is what you'd expect in size but the bed was really, really comfortable. The main area, with the tip-outs feels quite spacious. The bathroom is pretty tight, but normal for an rv. The host was great and was available for questions. The neighborhood ..."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

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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