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Three Weeks in Olympia, WA

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A May 2005 trip to Olympia by ssullivan

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Photo, Olympia, Washington More Photos
Quote: In May 2005, I spent three weeks in beautiful Olympia, the state capital of Washington, for training for a new job. During this time, I got to experience some of the area's scenery, excellent dining, and other attractions.

Three Weeks in Olympia, WA

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Overview

Olympia, Washington Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington’s state capital, is located at the southern tip of Puget Sound. It is the largest of several cities that make up a metro area of just under 100,000 people. Visitors to Olympia will find some very good restaurants, a nice downtown area filled with local shops and eateries, and easy access to scenic areas like the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Mt. Rainier National Park. Outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, fishing, and sailing can all be found in Olympia or within a short drive. There are also several casinos, operated by local Native American groups, in the area. Visitors will also find a variety of shopping o...Read More

Red Lion Olympia

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Red Lion Olympia Photo, Olympia, Washington
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The Red Lion Hotel Olympia is one of the few full-service hotels in Olympia, and probably the nicest. The property is an older one but has been relatively well-maintained. However, in some areas, it is showing its age. Some rooms have older televisions and furniture that was probably very contemporary when new, but today looks dated. There are also other areas where the property’s age is evident, such as the dim lighting in some rooms and lack of desk-level electrical outlets for computers. However, despite these shortcomings, the hotel is clean and one of the better lodging options in Olympia. During the three weeks I spent in Olympia, I had two rooms at the Red Lion, as I checked out to c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2005

Red Lion Olympia
2300 EVERGREEN PARK DR
Olympia, Washington 98502
360-943-4000

Falls Terrace

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Restaurant

Falls Terrace Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Falls Terrace was recommended by one of my managers who lives near Olympia as one of her favorite local restaurants. And it’s now one of my favorites as well. Located just off Interstate 5 on Deschutes Way in historic Tumwater, the restaurant hugs a steep hillside about the Deschutes River. The terraced, multi-level dining room runs the length of the building, offering panoramic views of the river and waterfalls below. There’s simply not a bad table here; no matter where you are seated, you’ll be treated to a stunning view while you enjoy your meal. You may even see a bald eagle or two fly through. And the trail below the restaurant along the river provides a nice place for an after-dinner stroll. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2005

Falls Terrace
106 Deschutes Way SW
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 943-7830

Anthony's Homeport

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Restaurant

Anthony's Homeport Photo, Olympia, Washington
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Anthony's is located in downtown Olympia, on the Budd Inlet waterfront. The restaurant is part of a regional chain, but don't let the fact that Anthony's is a small chain turn you off. This is not your ordinary chain seafood place. Anthony's features top-quality Pacific Northwest seafood, caught and processed by its own seafood company in nearby Seattle. This assures that the specialties served in the restaurants, including wild King salmon, halibut, oysters, and Dungeness crab are extremely fresh when they arrive in the kitchen at each location.Anthony's Olympia location is in a modern building designed to follow the natural shoreline of the waterfront. Tables are located either along...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 19, 2006

Anthony's Homeport
704 Columbia Street North West
Olympia, Washington 98501
(360) 357-9700

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Attraction

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Photo, Olympia, Washington
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On Sunday, May 18, 1980, at 8:32am, Mt. St. Helens exploded in one of the most famous volcanic events of modern times. Within seconds, 230 square miles of forest was blown over or left standing dead. Countless animals perished, along with more than 50 people. A cloud of ash climbed thousands of feet into the sky and blew westward, plunging much of the state into darkness. And the north face of the mountain disintegrated into the largest landslides ever recorded. In minutes, a pristine spot of Pacific Northwest wilderness was turned into a total wasteland. I first visited Mt. St. Helens in June 1986, just six years after the big eruption. At the time, visitors facilities were just being deve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 26, 2005

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Rd.
Amboy, Washington 98601
(360) 449-7800

Mt. Walker Overlook

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Attraction

Mt. Walker Overlook Photo, Olympia, Washington
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On the last evening of my first two weeks in Olympia, I decided to take advantage of the long daylight hours to drive north from Olympia on US 101 up the Olympia Peninsula. My plan was just to drive and enjoy the magnificent scenery of this route, which transverses majestic old growth evergreen forests, the scenic shoreline of the Hood Canal, and the moss and fern-laden rainforests the Olympic Peninsula is famous for. I decided to head up 101 almost to the Peninsula’s northern tip, where the highway turns west toward the Pacific, then cross over the Hood Canal bridge and work my way back south to Olympia via Bremerton, Gig Harbor, and Tacoma. Along the way, I discovered the Mt. Walker Overl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 26, 2005

Mt. Walker Overlook
US 101 at Mile Marker 301.5
Olympia, Washington

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