Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking for fresh tracks or a gourmand in search of the region’s freshest oysters, the area's location at the foot of Puget Sound offers a home base for adventures of all kinds. Plan a long weekend to explore the Olympic Peninsula or a week-long adventure to discover all things Washington State. Here are some of our favorite daytrips from the Olympia region–local insight and drive times included!

  • Meet Mount Rainier. Wake early and stop in for fresh-roasted Olympia Coffee and a pastry before heading into the heart of this Washington State icon. Within two hours, arrive in Paradise, an ideal destination for families and winter sports enthusiasts. Visitors find sledding, ranger-led snowshoeing tours (with rentals) and much more at this winter wonderland. Find details on tours, offerings and road conditions at this link, courtesy of the National Park Service.
  • Explore Hood Canal. Venture up the Olympic Peninsula to find some of the region’s most scenic views and freshest oysters just one hour north on Highway 101. Enjoy the scenic drive to explore Hood Canal and arrive at a variety of local spots for slurping briny beauties. Explore countless hikes and trails along the water, or just pull over and take in the view at your own pace. On the way back, test your luck at Little Creek Casino or savor the many dining options featuring locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Discover the Washington Coast in Westport. Head west for just over one hour to watch working fishing boats in action and miles of open beach. This charming fishing village offers a great way to see and sample the Washington Coast. Hire a fishing charter, rent a bicycle or dig for razor clams. This handy list offers a variety of things to do around the area.
  • Visit a Volcano at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Learn the history and stories behind “America’s Volcano” at a variety of viewing stations and visitor centers within in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Located just two hours from Olympia, visitors enjoy taking in the scenery and snapping photos as well as climbing, horseback riding and even touring via helicopter. Learn more at this website.

Unpack once and see the state from the comfort of an Olympia region hotel, here to serve you and embracing all the latest health and safety protocols.

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