"Olympia - My Hometown" Top 5 Page for this destination Olympia by olyrunner

Olympia Travel Guide: 120 reviews and 452 photos

An Insider's View of OlyWa

Welcome to Olympia - I actually grew up here, moved away for college, and then came back as an adult. It's a great place to live if you don't mind the rain. And if you come at the right time of year (late summer, for example) it's a great place to visit as well. If you are a winter sports fan, we have ski and snowboarding areas a short drive away. If you like to hike, we are surrounded by the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east. Of course, Capitol Forest is a local hot spot for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking adventures.

Puget Sound

You can enjoy snow and sun at the same time. We get more than our fair share of cold, wet, gray weather, but in the late summer we are rewarded with beautiful, mild weather and incredible views of the water and the mountains.

The State Capitol

Olympia is the state capitol, located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. It's a funky town with a diverse group of inhabitants. If you get tired of the slower pace, Seattle is an hour to the north and Portland is 90 minutes to the south.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great coffee, close to Seattle, Portland and the mountains...
  • Cons:Rain, rain and more rain....
  • In a nutshell:If you can handle 9 months of rain, you'll be rewarded with an incredible summer.
  • Intro Updated Feb 16, 2004
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  • Jun 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Hi! I live her in Norway.We have an Olympia Restaurant here.Is this a sister company or what?Will Olympia Restaurant allowed somebody to copy there logo? www.olympiarestaurant.no

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    Apr 1, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    AWWW.. you're making me homesick... i'm stuck here in ugly Everett... i miss olympia

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2006 at 2:32 PM

    these are some great photos of your hometown:)thanks

  • Wiseman1964's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2006 at 6:15 PM

    HiCamille, Oh, how I miss Olympia... I lived there 3 years (1988-91) while I was a teacher. I use to run around Capital Lake almost everyday! Best Wises! Ken

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    Feb 14, 2006 at 7:31 PM

    Hello!! I am moving into town in a week or two and thought I would prepare myself!! Thanks for the tips, and I can't wait to try that coffee!!

  • Bokhari76's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2005 at 12:40 AM

    Hi Camille. Happy Birthday. Wish you happy upcoming life.

  • kooka3's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2005 at 8:21 AM

    What a great sunset! I can't wait to get to that part of the country. Everyone raves about it. Looking forward to seeing more of your tips. Happy New Year!

  • dickiemint's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2004 at 1:23 PM

    we are coming over on the 29th july 2004 and stopping for about 3weeks so this has been a very good start for us to see what is around the corner. We have friends in olympia so it will help us explain to them what we would like to see. thank you

  • WanderingPoet's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2004 at 8:16 PM

    Being from Wa I appreciate the beauty of your pages....Happy travels....

  • awayhome's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2004 at 9:09 PM

    Great page on your home town. wish to go tehre some day, happy travel=)))

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