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Olympia (Washington)

Day trip suggestions near Olympia, WA?

1st time visitor, retired, active couple looking for day trip suggestions for 1st week in September, including coast and Portland sites.

3 Answers

answered first by
Ruth from Olympia (Washington)

Olympia (Washington) is a mid point of Seattle and Portland, so it's easy to make a day trip to either of these cities. Olympia is also just 2 hours drive from the Mount Rainier and Mount Saint Helens.  You could also go to the beach towns such as Westport (Washington), or Long Beach (Washington) in WA.

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  1. Olympia (Washington) (attraction)
  2. Seattle (city)
  3. Portland (city)
  4. Mount Rainier (attraction)
  5. Mount Saint Helens (attraction)
  6. Westport (Washington) (city)
  7. Long Beach (Washington) (attraction)
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answered by
S. from Vancouver

In Olympia proper is the year-round, partially-indoor Olympia Farmers Market. It's pretty good, and in September will be overflowing with produce. In nearby Tacoma is the Museum of Glass, which is open until 5PM daily (including Mondays) and features glass-blowing demonstrations. Between Seattle and Tacoma is the Museum of Flight which is good for at least a full day. If you get to Portland, you could easily spend a full day at the Portland Art Museum - it's exceptional in scope and breadth.

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  1. Olympia Farmers Market (restaurant)
  2. Tacoma (city)
  3. Museum of Glass (attraction)
  4. Seattle (city)
  5. Museum of Flight (attraction)
  6. Portland Art Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Ruth has some fantastic suggestions!  I would also recommend some day trips in Olympic National Park.  Port Angeles and Port Townsend are nice stops through the park for sustenance and are interesting towns as well.  One of my great memories of a road trip through this area is a walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.  The drive up to Mount Saint Helens is an incredible experience.  

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  1. Olympic National Park (park)
  2. Port Angeles (attraction)
  3. Port Townsend (city)
  4. Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center (attraction)
  5. Mount Saint Helens (attraction)
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