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OlympiaUnited States of America

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

Best breakfast in town. Expect a wait, but it's worth it.

Northwest Olympia

While there might not be top attractions in Northwest Olympia, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Washington State Capitol and Olympia Farmers Market.

Northwest Olympia
Nice evening in Olympia.

South Capitol

South Capitol might not have many top sights, but Washington State Capitol and Hands On Children's Museum are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

South Capitol

Top Hotels in Olympia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel RL Olympia
Hotel RL Olympia
3 out of 5
2300 Evergreen Park Dr Sw, Olympia, WA
The price is $110 per night

Situated in Olympia, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Washington State Capitol. Governor's Mansion ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,252 reviews)

"Wonderful experience would return in future. Extremely pleasant and helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hotel RL Olympia
Little Creek Casino Resort
Little Creek Casino Resort
3.5 out of 5
91 W State Route 108, Shelton, WA
The price is $133 per night

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Little Creek Casino and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Walter Dacon Winery. Kneeland Park and Eld Inlet ...

4.2/5Very Good! (982 reviews)

"The bed was great. Work trucks starting up at 7:30 beneath our window was not so great. All else met our expectations."…"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Little Creek Casino Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
3.5 out of 5
415 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA
The price is $93 per night

Located in the heart of Olympia, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Percival Landing and Washington State Capitol. Olympia Farmers Market and WET Science Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (677 reviews)

"Confortable bed & pillows. Room was spacious & clean. Don't forget to ask for your free cookie at check in. Quick n easy check in & check out."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia

Popular places to visit in Olympia

Washington State Capitol
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Washington State Capitol

4.5/5(162 reviews)

Washington State Capitol is just one of the places to see in Olympia, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Savor the charming coffeehouses and lively bars while in town.

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls
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Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls

4.5/5(31 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, a lovely green space in Tumwater. Savor the top-notch restaurants and lively bars while in town.

Priest Point Park
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Priest Point Park

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Priest Point Park, a lovely green space in Olympia. Savor the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Top things to do in Olympia

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington

$10
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tacoma Scavenger Hunt: Bright Lights, Big Glass
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Tacoma Scavenger Hunt: Bright Lights, Big Glass

$20
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Washington
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Washington

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Olympia

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4 - Good 52.148148148148145%
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3 - Okay 18.814814814814813%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

It’s a small city with friendly appeal

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

sad place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2020

I love Oly!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

I don't like cities, I live in the country.

5/5 - Excellent

Timothy&Margot

Feb 29, 2020

We had dinner across the street at La Petite Maison and enjoyed a fabulous meal and walked one block back to our room.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Nice little getaway!

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