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Private Tour: Olympic National Park Day Trip from Seattle
"Your day trip to Olympic National Park starts with a downtown Seattle hotel pickup for the scenic drive from Seattle. Enjoy a light breakfast of pastries and hot beverages in your luxury SUV or Mercedes van and enjoy the views of the coastal mountains as you near the park. During the drive to and inside the park you’ll make plenty of stops to take photos spot waterfalls and explore the area on short nature walks with your private naturalist guide. Home to the dramatic Olympic Mountains remote beaches and a lush temperate rainforest Olympic National Park is not just a national park — it’s also an International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In other words it’s a spectacular natural wonder that overwhelms visitors with its beauty
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Boeing Factory and Optional Restoration Center Tour with Private Transport from Seattle
"After pickup at your Seattle-area location — whether hotel residence or another spot — make the drive to the city of Everett north of Seattle. Depending on the size of your party enjoy comfortable private transportation by town car or van. On the way your private driver will point out interesting sights and tell you a bit about Boeing’s history and what to expect at the factory. When you arrive at the massive Boeing factory — the largest building in the world! — meet your tour guide and fello view the assembly of Boeing’s major airplanes: the 747
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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights
"You’ll be picked up from your downtown Seattle hotel at your pre-arranged time to start your private sightseeing tour of Seattle. Your friendly knowledgeable private guide will take you on a comfortable drive by van through the city to the sites of your choosing offering commentary along the way. You’ll have plenty of time to hop out walk around and soak up the atmosphere of each place on the tour which can be tailored to suit your tastes.If you'd like cruise through Chinatown-International District and hop off to visit Pioneer Square a historic neighborhood that was once the heart of the city—Seattle's founders settled there in 1852. Take a leisurely stroll past charming boutiques
From $60.00

More Off The Beaten Path in Olympia

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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

Please note that this trail is closed to dogs and bikes, and the kayak launch area you may see in some of the photos is only open April 16th through August 30th.The official address of the Woodard Bay...
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The Arc of Statehood - Capitol Lake Wall

Along the eastern edge of Capitol Lake, you will find a low wall that separates the gravel pathway from the water, mudflats, and water brush that are part of Capitol Lake. A casual look will make this...
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g'əd'adad Teaching of our Ancestors

Paddle to Squaxin 2012Since the 1989 Paddle to Seattle, the tribes of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound, Vancouver Island and surrounding areas) have had an event that has become annual. These paddle events...
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Capitol Building Statues at Entryway

While I have devoted an entire tip for the Legislative Bulding (the "Capitol Building") and another entire tip for the Capitol Grounds, I have added this third tip to draw your attention to the...
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East Bay Trail / Swantown Marina Trail

The old part of Olypmia sits on a peninsula between East Bay and West Bay. The end of the tip of the peninsula is known as North Point. The area along East Bay used to be known as Swan Town, and thus...
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Percival Landing Plinth Project

The boardwalk along Percival Landing isn't just a place to get good views of the old Olympia waterfront. It also has been turned into an art corridor of sculptures. The plinth refers to the base on...
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Percival Landing Boardwalk

Percival Landing is the name for the area at the south end of the west bay, at the southern end of Budd Inlet. This is the more commercialized section of the Olympia waterfront, including the Olympia...
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Chehalis Western Trail: Chambers Lakes Trailhead

As noted in my Chehalis Western Trail tip, this Thurston County trail network is fairly long, and covers places well outside Olympia. There are a number of places where the trail may be accessed, and...
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Burfoot County Park

While I have put this tip in the Olympia section, as that is the closest significant city, the fact is that Burfoot County Park is actually located in the small community of Boston Harbor several...
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Grass Lake Refuge

While the name of this location implies that it is a wildlife refuge, the fact of the matter is the reason this little area got preserved has probably more to do with the drinking water of Olympia,...
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McLane Creek Nature Trail (Capitol State Forest)

The area that is called Capitol State Forest covers a huge area of land, from western Olympia west to approximately Elma and south all the way to Rochester. Thus, the area covered really needs to be...
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Monarch Sculpture Park

In 1991, artist Myrna Orsini went on a quest to visit every art museum in Europe. While she did not accomplish this specific goal, she did return home with an eccentric idea: why not build a place...
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Port Plaza; Views of Olympia from Tower and Shore

Located where today the Port of Olympia transitions abruptly to land that has been redeveloped into more gentrified uses, Port Plaza is a waterfront park with a small ampitheatre and a tower...
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There are some great little...

There are some great little places outside of downtown, dotted around. Any Happy Teriyaki is a great restaurant. Get Chicken Teriyaki (with an extra side of thick sauce) or sushi. Vic's Pizzeria on...
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Top Hotels in Olympia

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4520 Martin Way East, (formerly Ameritel Inn Olympia), Olympia, Washington, 98516, United States
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415 Capitol Way N, Olympia, Washington, 98501, United States
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2300 Evergreen Park Drive, (Formerly WestCoast), Olympia, Washington, 98502, United States
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621 South Capitol Way, (formerly Ramada Inn), Olympia, Washington, 98501, United States
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2943 Northview Circle, Shelton, Washington, 98584, United States
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1211 Quince Street SE, Olympia, Washington, 98501-2455, United States
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Things to Do Near Olympia

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Main Office and Visitor's Center

Upon entering the refuge, the first and foremost thing to do is to stop at the Nisqually Refuge's visitor's center. This first stop serves multiple purposes: 1. The first thing to do when visiting...
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Nisqually Estuary Trail

Having opened after several months of very rapid hard work, the first segment of the Nisqually Estuary Trail has been built on top of a new dike constructed to maintain a smaller selection of...
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Twin Barns Loop Trail

A 400 foot (125 meter) boardwalk above the sometimes-flooded forest next to the Nisqually River leads to an observation deck located near a small pond in the forest. There is a good possibility of...
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Point Defiance Park

Surrounded on three sides by water, the 702 acre (over 283 hectare) Point Defiance Park is one of the gems located inside an urban area in the Pacific Northwest. Much of the park is maintained as...
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Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Please note that this is located inside Point Defiance Park, which has a large number of activities and attractions. For basic information on Point Defiance Park, please see my Point Defiance tip...
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Washington State History Museum

The big history museum in the Puget Sound area is the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. However, there is also this museum, which has collected a fairly significant number of...
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