These are the trips, excursion and activities you undertake while using Olympia as your Basecamp.
To some the Maryhill Museum of Art will be much more than a Day Trip, however we have known people to travel further in a day and turn around and come back to Olympia. You could do this as part of a trip down to the Columbia River Gorge. This museum has to be one […]
Mount Ellinor is an easy drive from Olympia, and one of the best hikes we have ever been on. We went in August and the wildflowers were better than the famed ones of Mount Rainier.
In our searching and browsing of all things Olympia today I happened upon this great blog specializing in walks around Olympia. It features walks in four different categories, Forest, Fresh Water, Prairie and Salt Water. There are about a dozen walks reviewed at the moment. We shall have to see if the author, Ryan, is interested in contributing here. We shall see if […]
The Seattle Space Needle turns fifty this year. Built for Seattle’s World Fair, it has become an icon synonymous with Seattle. It is in ever movie about Seattle (it even gets moved around graphically to better “fit” the skyline). It is a must see attraction for visitors to Washington. It has a interesting history. It […]
Formerly known as the Chambers Creek Properties, this park is just past Steilacoom in University Place. It is definitely a park in progress, but their are already great walking trails, beach access, and toilet facilities. A bonus for dog lovers is that it is pet friendly, with an enclosed off leash area, and off leash beach area. […]
The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has undergone a transformation over the past couple of years. The old six mile loop is no more. It was closed just on two years ago as the refuge underwent some rehabilitation and restoration, funded by mainly federal grants. This saw some of the man-made dikes removed and much of the tidal […]
Everyone thinks of Mount Rainier as the iconic backdrop of Seattle. You can see it from Olympia too, but that is not the photo that everyone posts on their blogs, shares on Facebook, or emails in chain mails. Mount Rainier is a somewhat scenic, leisurely, two hour drive from Olympia. Perfect for a day trip! The […]
We think Olympia is a great place to base yourself while traveling the Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Olympia has great restaurants to come back to after a day of sightseeing, driving, hiking or biking. Some of our favorite day trips include; Nisqually Wildlife Refuge is only a short drive north of Olympia, however […]
So if you are looking for a fun day to fill a day around Olympia here is a suggestion that will not break the bank. First head off to Wolf Haven and take a tour (which start on the hour). You get to learn a lot about wolves and why they are such a beneficial […]