This summer was different—and not in the way we expected. But don’t give up! With summer almost over, it’s time to pack your face covering and venture out safely to enjoy sunshine in the Greater Olympia area.
Find your handcrafted escape with one of our daycation itineraries. Or create your own adventure with seven unforgettable, budget-friendly ways to sweeten summer. Remember to recreate responsibly!
Throughout the summer, and beyond, our team will concoct monthly daycation itineraries. Let us take away the indecision and pressure of making plans and give you an easy option to enjoy ALL our region has to offer.
Get on the Water
Go for slow with a quiet paddle and tasty eats in one trip. Tugboat Annies rents kayaks on its Olympia waterfront dock. Upstairs they serve an eclectic menu of steaks, burgers and seafood. At Millersylvania State Park, the Lakeside Grill & Boats rents kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and pedal boats. When you return from the lake, stay for a cold beer or cider on tap at the Lakeside Beer Garden. (Tip: maintain social distance easier by visiting on weekdays or evenings)
Enjoy a Local Beach
Rejuvenate your spirit with a saltwater splash. The cove at Tolmie State Park is a favorite beach for families with young waders. Want to use your scuba gear before summer ends? Tolmie has an underwater park with an artificial reef just for you.
Ride into the Sunset (or Sunrise)
Ride your bike on the Chehalis Western Trail. The paved, flat, north-south trail passes through wetlands, forests, farmlands and includes a scenic two miles along the Deschutes River. The southern end of the 22-mile trail meets the Yelm-Tenino Trail, another relaxing course through rural Thurston County. Pro tip: Main Street Cookie Company in Rainier is a tasty rest stop!
Don’t forget to share.
Don’t miss out on any of these easy to plan adventures. Check back monthly for new trip ideas and daycations (or staycation if you’re a local) and don’t forget to share! Tag your social posts #DecidedlyDifferent and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@Experience_Oly) and Instagram (@ExperienceOly).