Visit Olympia

Base Camp for Adventure

Located at the picturesque southern tip of the Puget Sound, Olympia is at the halfway point between Seattle and Portland along I-5. Flanked by two incredible National Parks, with dozens of large and small recreation areas right within the city limits and in the surrounding area, Washington's capitol has seemingly endless outdoor adventures opportunities.

Olympia still has that small town feel with an increasing number of great restaurants and and endless supply of stuff to do in the outdoors. We might not be on any list of popular adventure towns and can't measure up with the glitzy resort locations, but our infrastructure makes it desirable to raise a family here and our trails are top notch.

Olympia has beautiful parks with incredible trails. Some are easy to reach mere minutes from downtown, others are just a quick drive away and are worth the trip for a midweek run or weekend adventure.

This is your invitation to explore this town and it's incredible outdoor adventure possibilities.

The Capitol Forest

A working forest mere minutes from downtown Olympia, the Capitol Forest is home to incredible trails used by mountain bikers, horseback riders, moto crossers and, of course trail runners. We're not alone out here, so be mindful of other people enjoying their activities and play nice on these trails.
Don't forget your Discover Pass when parking a the trail heads.

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Where to stay

Swantown Inn & Spa

Charming Bed & Breakfast in a Victorian Mansion, conveniently located in the Olympia Eastside.

The Governor, a Coast Hotel

Right in the heart of downtown, located in walking distance of many of the spots we mentioned below.

Hilton Garden Inn Olympia

Conveniently located close to the freeway.

Hotel RL Olympia

Located on the Westside of town overlooking Capitol Lake.

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Where to eat

Eastside Big Toms

Olympia's much loved drive through burger joint. Oh, and soft serve ice cream. Perfect stop before the drive home, right on Pacific, close to the freeway!

Three Magnets Brewing

Every rotating selection of deliciously crafty IPAs and an always delicious pub menu of delightfully tasty treats.

State & Central

Located at, well State Ave and Central on the Eastside of Olympia, this corner diner serves up the best Juicy Lucy you've ever had. Never had one...? Well, that is meant as an invitation.

Olympia Coffee Company

From handcrafted espresso beverages to on demand pour overs and iced coffee beverages Olympia Coffee with several locations around town is the place to chill and refuel.

Old School Pizzeria

Come for the 80's vibe and New York style slices, stay for the pinball machines and trip down nostalgia lane.

Left Bank Pastries

Nothing fuels a pre-race morning better than a handcrafted French pastry. Works also great as an after race reward.

Well 80

Pub food, well-made beer, Olympia-style. Delicious.

222 Market

The fantastic 222 Market in downtown offers a cluster of great restaurants all under one roof. Get your baked goods at the Bread Peddler, delicious authentic Mexican fare at Dos Hermanos Mexican Kitchen and the best seafood in town at Chelsea Farms.

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What to do

Staying a bit longer and wanting to explore of what the city has to offer? We got you covered.

Priest Point Park

Olympia's downtown, water, forest, trails, beach, everything is awesome park.

Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are always great, and this one's a good one.

Capitol Campus

The State Capitol grounds are impressive any day of the year and worth a visit.

REI Olympia

Need last minute gear? Visit your friendly neighborhood REI for any trail beta and if you forgot your lube for race day.

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