Olympia – Washington’s capital city
Posted July 24th 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
Olympia has a wealth of attractions to enjoy from exploring the town on foot with its boutique artisan arts and crafts shops, its breweries and great range of restaurants, to enjoying a little wine tasting or heading to one of the three waterfront parks.
Percival Landing’s boardwalk has stunning views of the water, capitol building and downtown. This boardwalk is nearly a mile long and is one of Olympia’s three waterfront parks, sitting at the most southern tip of the Puget Sound.
The Olympia Farmer’s Market is the second largest market in Washington State, next to Pike Place Market, where visitors and locals enjoy local artisan handmade products, local meat, seafood and baked goods.
The iconic State Capitol sits atop the hill in all its majestic glory. Opened in 1928, it has withstood three earthquakes and is a symbol of Washington’s free and democratic government. Free tours are offered daily and the grounds feature interesting memorials.
Olympia is also home to a thriving microbrewery scene and Fish Tale Brew Pub, one of the stops along the beer trail, has great tasting trays to sample their artisan products. A funky octopus mural marks the entrance to this unassuming den of delicious draughts. The owners Crayne and Mary Horton have been honing their hand-crafted ales since 1993. Head to Jefferson Street to enjoy some tasters!
For a little hiking or cycling, the Chehalis Western Trail’s former railroad was converted in the 1980s, with over 170 acres of parkland and extensive river frontage plus access to the Puget Sound.
Nearby, Deschutes Falls Park is a hidden gem where guests visit its 27-feet of cascading waterfalls, pouring into the Deschutes River.
Tumwater is another interesting place to visit, filled to the brim with captivating history and vibrant nature. With traditions rooted in brewing, artesian wells and the Old Brewhouse, this area holds great significance as Puget Sound’s first American settlement. Be sure to visit the Schmidt House and the Historic District highlighting the rich brewing history of Tumwater.
There’s no doubt that as the home of Boeing, Washington State takes centre stage in the history of aviation and Olympia also has a piece of the action with the Olympic Flight Museum, and its collection of vintage airplanes and helicopters at the airport.
Finally check out the Coffee Trail – local roasters mix tradition with innovation to produce craft award winning coffee – enjoy some new flavours along the South Sound Coffee Trail.
Find out more at https://www.experienceolympia.com