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

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Olympia
4 out of 5
415 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,720 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Located in the heart of Olympia, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Percival Landing and 1 mi (1.5 km) from Washington State Capitol. Olympia Farmers Market ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (875 reviews)
"Well kept hotel, excellent location, courteous and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 2021/11/15

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 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 NT$2,802 per night from Dec 31 to Dec 31
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (860 reviews)
"Parking was great. Good visibility and lighting. Easy access to the hotel. The gym was well laid out with courtesy items available. The breakfast buffet was excellent, the staff really cared for keeping food safety priority while being attentive to us."

Reviewed on 2021/11/10

Hampton Inn & Suites Olympia Lacey, WA
Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
Hilton Garden Inn Olympia
3 out of 5
2101 Henderson Park Lane SE, Olympia, WA
The price is NT$2,802 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 7
Situated in Olympia, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Hands On Children's Museum and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Washington State Capitol. Governor's Mansion and State ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (685 reviews)
"Stayed 3 days. The beds were cozy and the staff was the best!"

Reviewed on 2021/11/21

Hilton Garden Inn 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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
3 out of 5
380 Upland Dr., Tukwila, WA
The price is NT$2,165 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Southcenter, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from The Boeing Company. Family Fun Center and Starfire ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (770 reviews)
"We were disappointed that there were not more phone chargers placed strategically in the room-ie. both sides of bed. The room next door had a dog and it barked often-very annoying. The bed was comfortable. I prefer a bath tub. But shower was adequate."

Reviewed on 2021/12/5

Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
3 out of 5
206 Western Ave W, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,969 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in Queen Anne, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center and Seattle Waterfront. Space Needle and Pike Place Market are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,055 reviews)
"Pros: The suites are nice. Comfortable beds and pillows. Spacious. Close to Pike Place Market. Good breakfast. Cons: Parking is terrible. Water temp in shower is either hot or cold; warm is diffocult to achieve."

Reviewed on 2021/12/7

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
15805 SE 37th St, Bellevue, WA
The price is NT$2,641 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in East Lake Hills, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bellevue College, T-Mobile USA Headquarters, and Factoria Mall. Bellevue Square and Microsoft ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,259 reviews)
"Pets are accepted and are accommodated. Personnel very friendly."

Reviewed on 2021/12/3

Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
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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