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Destination guides > North America > USA > West Coast > Washington > Olympia


Washington’s state capital is at the southern end of Puget Sound. It is a vibrant small city that is worth a look if you’re driving through this part of the state.

Practical information

Olympia Visitors & Convention Bureau

1600 E 4th Avenue, Olympia
Tel (360) 704 7544 or 1 877 704 7500

Coming & going

Olympia has good transport connections with other cities in the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak (tel (360) 923 4602; website trains to Seattle and Portland stop at the station at 6600 Yelm Highway. Greyhound (tel (360) 357 5541; website buses to Seattle and Portland stop at 107 7th Avenue SE.

Local transport

Intercity Transit (tel (360) 786 1881 or 800 287 6348; website provide local bus service in Olympia and Thurston County. Bus tickets cost 75c and day passes are $1.50.

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Washington State Capitol

Washington State Capitol and the adjoining complex of government buildings dominates Olympia. Tours of the complex run hourly.

Capitol Way, Olympia
Tel (360) 586 3460
Admission free
Visitors’ centre open Jan-Apr Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; May-Sep Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm; Oct-Dec Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Capitol building open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm; guided tours hourly 10am-3pm daily

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