Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking to lay fresh tracks or a gourmand in search of the freshest oysters, the Olympia area is the perfect home base AND jumping off point for your iconic PNW adventure.
Experience Olympia & Beyond and take in everything from farm-to-table fare in the heart of downtown’s super scenic waterfront or hit the backroads and explore the Thurston Bountiful Byway, linking together family farms, breweries, distilleries, wineries, farmers markets and epic natural areas. Looking to expand that road trip? Here are some day trips easily accessible from the Olympia area.
Mount Rainier: Wake early and stop in for freshly ground and brewed coffee and a whole bunch of amazing pastries before heading to this towering Washington State icon. Within two hours, arrive in Paradise, an ideal destination for families, hikers, photographers and winter-sports enthusiasts.
Hood Canal: Venture up the Olympic Peninsula to find some of the region’s most scenic views and freshest oysters just one hour north on Highway 101. Enjoy the scenic drive to Hood Canal and choose from a variety of local stops for slurping these renowned, briny beauties. Explore countless hikes and trails along the water – or just stop and enjoy the view. On the way back, test your luck at Little Creek Casino!
Hit the Beach in Westport: Head west for just over an hour to watch working fishing boats in action and explore miles of open beach. This charming fishing village is a great way to see and sample the Washington Coast. Hire a fishing charter, rent a bicycle or dig for razor clams.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument: Learn the history and stories behind “America’s Volcano” at a variety of viewing stations and visitor centers in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Located just two hours from Olympia, visitors enjoy taking in the scenery and snapping photos as well as climbing, horseback riding and even touring via helicopter.
Unpack once and see Washington State from the comfort of a variety of hotel rooms and inns located in the Olympia area.