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Olympia

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Wildlife Areas · Monuments · Children’s Museums
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. It was incorporated on January 28, 1859. The population was 46,478 as of the 2010 census. The city borders Lacey to the east and Tumwater to the south. Olympia is a major cultural center of the Puget Sound region. Olympia is located 60mi southwest of Seattle, the largest city in the state of Washington, and falls within the borders of the Seattle CSA.HistoryThe site of Olympia has been home to Lushootseed-speaking peoples for thousands of years, including Squaxin, Nisqually, Puyallup, Chehalis, Suquamish, and Duwamish.The first recorded visit by Europeans was in 1792 when Peter Puget and a crew from the British Vancouver Expedition charted the site. In 1846, Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith jointly claimed the land that now comprises downtown Olympia. In 1851, the U.S. Congress established the Customs District of Puget Sound for Washington Territory and Olympia became the home of the customs house. Its population steadily expanded from Oregon Trail immigrants. In 1850, the town settled on the name Olympia, at the suggestion of local resident Colonel Isaac N. Ebey, due to its view of the Olympic Mountains to the Northwest. The area began to be served by a small fleet of steamboats known as the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet.
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Hands On Children's Museum ©
Children’s Museum
Hands On Children's Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Wildlife Area
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Washington State Capitol ©
Monument
Washington State Capitol
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Farmers Market ©
Flea Market
Farmers Market
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Olympia

Mount St. Helens ©
Volcano
Mount St. Helens Washington State
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Fort Stevens State Park ©
State Park
Fort Stevens State Park Astoria
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park ©
Wildlife Area
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Eatonville
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site ©
Historic Site
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site Vancouver
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Olympia

Percival Landing ©
Park
Percival Landing
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
East Bay Public Plaza ©
Park
East Bay Public Plaza
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
LBA Park ©
Park
LBA Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
West Bay Park ©
Park
West Bay Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Olympia

Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area ©
Wildlife Area
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Nisqually Reach Nature Center ©
Wildlife Area
Nisqually Reach Nature Center
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Millersylvania State Park ©
State Park
Millersylvania State Park
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Tolmie State Park ©
Water Body
Tolmie State Park
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Olympia

Priest Point Park ©
State Park
Priest Point Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Capitol State Forest ©
Forest
Capitol State Forest
3.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Olympia

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve ©
Wildlife Area
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

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