Olympia

Travel Guide
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 $67 per night from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13
CA $67
per night
Feb. 12 - Feb. 13
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. ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,016 reviews)
"Clean and nice"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2023

Motel 6 Tumwater, WA - Olympia
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 CA $158 per night from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6
CA $158
per night
Feb. 5 - Feb. 6
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! (1,056 reviews)
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"The hotel is a triple A. The furnishings are beautiful. The breakfast is a full breakfast. The common are has a fireplace, couches and several dining tables and chairs"

Reviewed on Jan. 29, 2023

Ramada by Wyndham Olympia
Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
3 out of 5
2101 Henderson Park Lane SE, Olympia, WA, 98501
The price is CA $146 per night from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27
CA $146
per night
Feb. 26 - Feb. 27
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! (851 reviews)
"Clean, and nice rooms!"

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
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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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
Wonderful Water View
"Such a nice camper and a great host! Loved the water view. Great place to stay - comfy and a wonderful location!"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2022

The Lighthouse RV- Beautiful views- Boston Harbor I Olympia
Glamping on the Puget Sound - Small Waterfront Cabin
Glamping on the Puget Sound - Small Waterfront Cabin
Olympia, WA
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Glamping on the Puget Sound - Small Waterfront Cabin
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! (25 reviews)
Wonderful View
"This was a great place to relax and appreciate. The owner was very attentive to our requests, and the view is phenominal!"

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2022

The Lighthouse Room I Peace, Relaxation and Water!
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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