Set on a bluff overlooking downtown Olympia, Capitol Lake, and Puget Sound with the Olympic mountains and Mount Ranier in the distance, the Capitol Campus is a showcase of historic landscape design not to be missed when visiting the state's capital. Designed over 100 years ago by the Olmsted Brothers landscape firm, the use of natural landscaping guides people as they move throughout the campus.
Most of the West Capitol Campus is a National Historic District, featuring landscaping originally designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers. The West Campus contains many magnificent tree and shrub plantings, many of which have stories waiting to be shared. Both East and West Campuses provide examples of sustainable landscape practices.