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Olympia, WA Accommodation Guide

The lower half of the Puget Sound has a number of stately towns, yet the capital of Washington state is a true gem. Olympia has long been a space for far more than government officials - the city has been a music destination since the 1990s, is in close proximity to a number of the state's most precious natural spaces and is known for its progressive residents.

Olympia is home to approximately 48,000 residents and was originally a popular saltwater harvesting area for the Coastal Salish tribes and known by many for its tasty shellfish and abundance of salmon. While there continues to be plenty of great oyster and clam digging spots in and around the area, the city today is known for its harmonious mix of rural and urban beauty. No wonder Olympia vacation rentals have such draw!

Top Attractions

  • Located about 13 miles from the city's central corridor, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge offers the perfect place to see Pacific Northwest wildlife in its native habitat. The refuge specializes in its development of habitats for migratory birds, as more than 200 species of raptors, song birds and sea birds all make their homes in and along the beaches and estuaries found here. In the restored marshes, keep your eyes peeled for local beavers and mink, and watch the open grasslands (yes, there are some remnant grasslands here) for coyote and deer.
  • The shores of Olympia are one of its most underrated features - with great views of the Olympic Mountains coupled with softly crashing waves, this is a great city for moonlit or sunrise walks. Head to Percival Landing Boardwalk to enjoy the vistas as well as a number of boutique shops and eateries. Olympia beach houses will get you close to all these great views.

Downtown Olympia

  • After you've visited the Legislative building, head to some of the city's often overlooked haunts to see where the locals like to hang their hats and paint their passions - literally.
  • Salmon are the unofficial mascot of Washington state, so it only makes sense that Olympia would be peppered with salmon sculptures that have been designed by local artists. As you meander through 4th Avenue or stroll up Plum Street, keep your eyes open for these striking pieces of public art. Need a place to rest? A number of the city's benches also feature local artwork.
  • Olympia has been known for its music scene since the mid-1970s, having produced bands such as Sleater-Kinney, Kimya Dawson and the early work of Kurt Cobain. Today, you can head to the city to hear some up-and-coming artists at venues like The Brotherhood Lounge and the Eastside Club Tavern. 
  • Olympia area agriculturalists are more than happy to share their produce with visitors, so if you're visiting between the months of April and October, head to the Olympia Farmers Market. As one of the largest in the state, the market sells varieties of berries, mushrooms, root vegetables, leafy greens and herbs that are always fresh. Several vendors also sell plants, so you can take a sapling home with you!


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Olympia things to do


Hands On Children's Museum

Since we moved to the Seattle area from Portland a few years ago we have been missing the great children's museum that Portland has. We tried the one more


Traditions Fair Trade

Cozy, friendly, amazing chai, great more


Priest Point Park

The best place to take your dogs for a walk!read more


The Painted Plate

Went there on a date with my husband. We had a blast!! It was so cute and exciting (doing something completely different that we had never done). We more


Capitol Theater

The Capitol Theater is run by volunteers by the Olympia Film Society. The theater is a nice venue to watch movies, it wide and spacious! The more


Star Wars Mural

Just had to stop and see this!! It's just on the side of a building, nothing really points out where it is, you just have to look around when you get more


Capitol Lake Park

Nice clean lake/park! Great place to take a walk or run or let your children ride your bike around. It's about 1.55 miles around the lake. Very more


Yoga Loft

The Yoga Loft is an absolutely beautiful space to practice. The power Vinyasaa classes never disappoint. If you forgot your May no worries, you can more


Matter Gallery

I love MATTER!'s new location on 422 Washington St. The selection of both decorative and functional items is fantastic. Jo Gallaugher was at the more


Century Olympia Theaters

This is a good theater and much better than the madhouse across town in Lacey. This theater is in a mall so you get that added shopping crowd, but it's more


Anytime Fitness

This anytime fitness is bigger than mine but not as nice..other patrons are so loud you have to really crank your music to even hear it. The bathrooms more


Thrive Community Fitness Lacey

Not too bad. The gym is pretty much always clean. I really like where they have TVs in every cardio machine. I like to watch CNN in the mornings. What more


Madsen Family Cellars

Okay, so the one thing this place has going for it is a great selection of wines. The selection is much more extensive than the other wineries in the more


Regal Cinemas Movie & IMAX Theater

I built this theater so I have a special spot for it. Great tip is if you go to the rock you can get a movie special. You get a large pizza any kind, more


The Washington Center For the Performing Arts

So, I had missed a flamenco performance of Casas Patas from the Flamenco Foundation of Madrid last year and as soon as I saw the email show up in my inbox more

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DEAL!! Perfect Equestrian Estate Venue for Weddings, Reunions, Etc
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  • House Rental Deals and Discounts 30% off = $350 per night
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  • bedrooms 5
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  • rental type House
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  • sleeps 25
  • baths 3
  • rates (USD) $300 - $900 /nt
    $2,000 - $6,000 /wk
    $4,500 - $27,000 /mth

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Beachside Cottage Getaway- Spectacular view, Restful Retreat
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  • bedrooms 1
  • community Tolmie State Park
  • rental type Cottage
  • sleeps 4
  • baths 1
  • rates (USD) $99 - $149 /nt
    $850 - $3,000 /mth

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Short Stay Lodgings
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  • bedrooms 2
  • community
  • rental type Condo
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  • sleeps 6
  • baths 1
  • rates (USD) $149 - $189 /nt
    $850 - $950 /wk
    $1,950 - $3,400 /mth

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Oyster Beach House
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  • bedrooms 4
  • community
  • rental type House
  • sleeps 6
  • baths
  • rates (USD) $1,250 - $1,600 /wk

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Cedars on the Sound: Olympia's top rated home, private waterfront on 7+ acres
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  • bedrooms 3
  • rental type House
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  • sleeps 7
  • baths 2
  • rates (USD) $195 - $245 /nt
    $1,170 - $1,470 /wk

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Olympia Apartment Rental Picture
  • bedrooms 7
  • rental type Apartment
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  • sleeps 6
  • baths 3
  • rates (USD) $189 /nt
    $950 /wk
    $3,250 /mth

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Beach Cottage on Butler's Cove - Budd Bay
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  • bedrooms 2
  • rental type Cabin
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  • sleeps 4
  • baths 1
  • rates (USD) $115 - $125 /nt
    $700 - $800 /wk
    $1,900 /mth

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Charming Craftsman Home With Modern Interior-Great location!
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  • bedrooms 3
  • rental type House
  • sleeps 6
  • baths
  • rates (USD) $159 - $189 /nt
    $1,050 /wk
    $3,500 /mth

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Get Away to the Beach!
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  • bedrooms 2
  • rental type House
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  • sleeps 5
  • baths 1
  • rates (USD) $199 /nt
    $1,299 /wk
    $3,950 /mth

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