The capital of Washington, Olympia is a compact city featuring a unique variety of sites and attractions, from government buildings and museums to surrounding rural areas and a bustling waterfront district. Visitors are treated to a bustling city scene combined with a beautiful backdrop featuring the great outdoors and lots of stunning nature.
One of the most popular places to visit in Olympia is the Washington State Capitol Building, which was built in 1928 and stands at an impressive 287-feet high. Don’t forget to go inside this stunning building, which includes a beautifully designed interior that includes a Tiffany chandelier that weighs five tons. Many people come to the Olympia Farmers Market, which is located along Olympia’s Percival Landing and features various stalls selling everything from handcrafted cheeses to fresh berries. The Washington State Capital Museum is situated in the Lord Mansion, and houses a number of displays related to the city as well as Native American history. Another recommended place to visit is the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to more than 200 migratory birds that visit annually and use the area for nesting and habitat. The Hands On Children’s Museum is a great place to bring the little ones who can play around with different exhibits and programs on art and science, while East Bay Public Plaza is a vibrant public space that features various elements and displays that feature more than 150 hands-on exhibits spread out over two floors and their Outdoor Discovery Center. Highlights include a treehouse, an arts and parts studio where kids can build from a huge assortment of supplies, a 25-foot Airways Maze, and an interactive Farmers Market for kids.
One popular day trip near Olympia is Mount Rainier National Park, which has become a destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are also many sightseeing opportunities that includes scenic drives and various lookout points, waterfalls, and historic buildings along the way. The park is approximately 65 miles southeast of Olympia and takes an hour and a half by car. Another great nearby daytrip is the University of Puget Sound, which is a little over thirty minutes away by car and is the only national, independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington.
There are many great neighborhoods in Olympia where you can book your vacation rental. The South Capitol neighborhood is one of the most desired parts of town and is home to many beautiful craftsman homes, and bungalows. Wildwood is a residential neighborhood that is home to many nice condominiums and apartments, many which are gated and have swimming pools and other great perks, while the historical Olympia neighborhood is another coveted area with beautiful homes that are near the main area and family-friendly.
Bicycling is promoted for both recreation and transportation in Olympia, which features 32 miles of bike lanes and 10 miles of trails that connected to the larger Thurston County trail system. The Intercity Transit Bus services the town and surrounding areas, and routes can be accessed at www.intercitytransit.com. Intercity Transit’s Commuter Services also offer carpool and vanpool coordination services.
Looking for a vacation rental in Olympia? Tripping.com has 108 vacation rental homes available in Olympia. You'll find 2 studios, 84 1-bedroom, 9 2-bedroom and 13 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $40 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Olympia is $165 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Olympia home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 27 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Olympia. In addition to accommodating pets, Olympia rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 83 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 67 have TV and/or cable and 43 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 6 vacation rental sites in Olympia where the top providers in that area are Expedia, HomeAway, and Booking.com. There are 25 Expedia rentals, 23 HomeAway short term rentals and 22 Booking.com vacation rentals.