Olympia

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Olympia
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 CA $82 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6
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)
"The room was very clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. It's minutes from my work, grocery shopping and gas stations. As an older woman I appreciated the very well lit parking lot and walkways. The best thing about Motel 6 is the price. I like paying for a comfortable clean room and nothing ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $148 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
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! (1,008 reviews)
checks off all boxes
"clean, near freeway, restaurants, hospitals, markets. spacious rooms, decent breakfast, very nice breakfast attendants. Know that this is NOT in Olympia but in Lacey."

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2022

Red Lion Inn & Suites Olympia, Governor Hotel
Red Lion Inn & Suites Olympia, Governor Hotel
3 out of 5
621 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA, 98501
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $148 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Olympia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.2/5 (1,002 reviews)
Great front desk
"Samantha at the front desk was so nice, knew what was going on and made check in a breeze."

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 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

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

Cute Cottage Close To Town and Bike Trails
Cute Cottage Close To Town and Bike Trails
Olympia, WA
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Olympia. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (122 reviews)
Always nice
"Nice accommodations for our visit to the area. Glad there was an air conditioner this time."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 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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