Experience Olympia, WA & Beyond

The Olympia region, located in beautiful, evergreen Washington state, is unlike other destinations. Here, "handcrafted" is a way of life. People are intentional and passionate for their craft. Local makers create one-of-a-kind experiences for visitors to enjoy. Visit our talented chefs, skilled roasters of fair trade coffee, brewers of handcrafted ales and makers of some very fine wine.

 
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Our region is home to many thriving and unique communities ready for you to adventure and explore. Journey through the historic falls and brewing culture of Tumwater, relax in the sparkling lakes and densely-forested parklands of Lacey or stroll the boardwalk and waterfront in downtown Olympia. Hop on the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a 60-mile scenic route through rural Thurston County and take in the sites as you travel through our smaller communities—Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda, Grand Mound & Rochester. Leave the cars behind and explore our region's invigorating bike trails or take in the sites at our top attractions. Wherever you wander, a getaway to Thurston County nurtures your creative side, giving you full permission to explore something new.

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Olympia
With a rich history, vibrant culture, modern amenities, and a beautiful setting on the Puget sound, Olympia is a great place to visit for work or...
Lacey
Lacey offers you the perfect opportunity to discover everything that makes it the unforgettable Northwest Experience.
Yelm
The City of Yelm has come a long way from humble beginnings originally inhabited by the local Nisqually Indian Tribe into a multicultural hub.
Rainier
Rainier grew as a result of trees and trains. Located on the original Northern Pacific rail line encouraged a series of significant mill operations in
Tenino
Tenino has its roots as the Hodgden Farm, which gradually became known as "Hodgden's Station" as it became a regular stop on the stage coach
Bucoda
Bucoda was established in 1854 and was incorporated in 1910. Webster used water from the Skookumchuck River to operate a sawmill there
Grand Mound
A small community in a rural part of the county characterized by flat prairies of camas and bunch grasses with stands of oaks and Douglas
Rochester
Rochester is an unincorporated town of approximately 12,000 people in the west-central portion of the state of Washington
Tumwater
Located at the southern tip of Puget Sound, the rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance and Mount Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear

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