Olympia, WA, USA

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Olympia, WA, USA

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Welcome to Washington’s capital

The Washington state capital is the major cultural center of the Puget Sound region, so when you stay at an Olympia vacation rental you can enjoy this vibrant city’s thrilling cultural events, live music, arts, and bar scenes, as well as local craft breweries and independent restaurants sourcing locally produced fare. This lively scene sits in a backdrop of green forested hillsides, stunning mountain peaks, and pristine natural wilderness – ensuring an Olympia vacation rental offers wonderful opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts too.

Dive into Olympia’s waterfront

Olympia enjoys a glorious waterfront location on the Budd Inlet arm of the Puget Sound, and the vista afforded from the Ellis Cove Trail in Priest Point Park is one of the most scenic ways to appreciate it. Trek through an ancient forest of cedar, fir, and vine leaf maple to emerge on a pebbly beach with a wonderful view of downtown Olympia on the southern shore, and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. The city’s Percival Landing Park offers more beautiful waterfront views, as well as picnic areas, a playground, and downtown boat moorage. Take a walk along the boardwalk, enjoy the fresh Olympia air and, on weekends, browse the eclectic food markets.

Family-friendly Olympia

There are plenty of fascinating and family-friendly museums and science centers to keep the kids amused if you are staying at your Olympia vacation rental with little ones. The Olympic Flight Museum at Olympia Regional Airport has heritage aircraft from all over the world – some of which take to the skies as part of the airshow it hosts every August. Or head downtown to the city’s waterfront and enjoy the interactive fun at Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum. Bursting with exhibits, activities, and an outdoor discovery center, it’s sure to keep the kids inspired and amused.

Olympia’s microclimate

Olympia experiences a local microclimate, with summer’s daytime highs in the 70s – making heading to this green city’s parks and waterways particularly appealing. Most of western Washington's weather is brought in by systems that form near the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, bringing cold moist air, cloudiness, and fog, especially between November and January when rivers and creeks gush with seasonal water. Early fall is a particularly spectacular time to visit, when the city’s tree-lined avenues turn gold with fall color, but late spring is also beautiful, burgeoning with green promise.

A wealth of national parks to explore

Less than 20 minutes east of Olympia, the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 200 bird species and is the place to head for birdwatching or whale watching. Capitol State Forest, to the southwest, has miles of forested trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and off-roading. The gushing white water of Mima Falls is as beautiful as the unique Mima Mounds are eerie. Then, a little further out, Mount Rainier National Park, about 65 miles southeast of Olympia, delivers scenic drives, views, trails, and waterfalls by this iconic Cascades chain volcano.