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.
1600 E 4th Avenue, Olympia
Tel (360) 704 7544 or 1 877 704 7500
Olympia has good transport connections with other cities in the Pacific Northwest. Amtrak (tel (360) 923 4602; website www.amtrak.com) trains to Seattle and Portland stop at the station at 6600 Yelm Highway. Greyhound (tel (360) 357 5541; website www.greyhound.com) buses to Seattle and Portland stop at 107 7th Avenue SE.
Intercity Transit (tel (360) 786 1881 or 800 287 6348; website www.intercitytransit.com) provide local bus service in Olympia and Thurston County. Bus tickets cost 75c and day passes are $1.50.
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
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