If you’ve ever wanted to be an Olympian but have no athletic abilities, Olympia, WA may be the place for you. Home to 46,478 Olympians and located just 60 miles east of Seattle, Olympia is the capital of the state of Washington and is the largest city in Thurston County. Incorporated January 28, 1859, Olympia is home to many public parks and nature conservation areas. One of the largest is the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area which spans over 600 acres and preserves more than 5 miles of the Puget Sound waterfront along the Woodward and Chapman bays of the Henderson Inlet. The Watershed Park, located on the site of the cities waterworks, features loop trails and a large second growth forest which stand as a can not miss for residents and tourists alike. Other places of interest include Priest Point Park, Burfoot Park, Sunrise Park and Yauger Park.
Arts and culture in Olympia is second to none in the state as it is a regional center for fine arts and has a number of theatrical companies such as Animal Fire Theater, Olympia Family Theater, Theater Artists Olympia and Harlequin productions. Visual and musical art can also be caught on display at several of the local coffee houses such as Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., Caffe Vita, and Obsidian, Lindsay is also home to the Art House Designs gallery which presents sculptures, painting, and print making, as well as hosts jazz performances. The art scene in Olympia is boosted by being home to bands such as Bikini Kill, Slater-Keeney and Kimya Dawson. It was also from his apartment on Pear Street that Kurt Cobain wrote most of the lyrics for Nirvana’s Nevermind album.
So, whether it be beautiful scenic nature or rich culture drawing you to the city, Olympia will not disappoint you.