We moved to Olympia two years ago, and we are still getting to know this little evergreen town that the locals call Oly. I hope you will join me on this journey through this Pacific Northwest gem. We will go shopping, get outside, visit local attractions.
Olympia, Washington is located in western Washington and is one of the cities along the Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean. The USGS considers the Puget Sound to be an estuary and in the United States, it is second in size only to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. That puts Olympia just about at sea level with water all around. Olympia is Washington’s capital with a population of about 50,000 in the city and about 250,000 in surrounding Thurston County.
A couple of things you might not know:
It looks like Olympia is close to Seattle but… if you have ever made the drive on I-5, you might feel differently. Those 50ish miles can take three or four hours to traverse depending on traffic. It’s worth the trip, but I would not call it close.
It doesn’t rain here all the time. The summers are actually pretty dry. Other times, you might feel like building an ark.
Those perfect summer days are wonderfully LONNNNNNNNG. I drove home from an event last summer after 9 pm and still had light all the way home. The not-so-perfect winter days are SHORT. More on coping with short days later.
There’s a salmon run here! More on that later in the year. You don’t want to miss it.
Olympia is near Olympic National Park, a vast and incredibly diverse National Park.
To know her is to love her. Welcome to Olympia!
Today’s weather: it’s cold and sunny today but with limited visibility near the water. No rain! About 37°F at 12:30 pm.