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The Olympia Region is a very diverse region geographically. With at least three different biomes, there is a wide variety of activities and things to see in the region. There are beaches, rainforested areas, and mountain areas. The area is mainly made up of Olympic National Park but has attractions in the city of Olympia itself that visitors can enjoy as well. Olympia is the biggest city in the region, with just over 51,000 people.[1] The rest of the towns in this area are primarily small villages on the coast. Olympia has relatively temperate weather year-round, mostly staying in the 50s. The winter is generally slightly colder and wetter, where the summer is drier and slightly warmer.[6]

What Olympia is known for

The Olympia Region is known mainly for being the Washington state's capital and for the Olympic National Park and Forest. Visitors from all over the world come to visit the Olympic National Park because it is one of the most diverse areas in America. There are sections of it that are rainforest, sections that have beaches, and sections of it that are deciduous forests.[4] Over the course of a few days, visitors can explore the Hoh National Rainforest, appreciate the views on the beach, and experience the Olympic Mountains without having to travel long distances. About 3.25 million people from all over the world visit the park every year, mainly in the late summer[5]

Most tourists come to the Olympic Region in the summertime because the weather is often more convenient for outdoor activities. August and September are the driest and, therefore, the most popular months. The wintertime is often rainy, cold, and overcast--not ideal for being outside.[6] Other than Olympic National Park and Forest, the city of Olympia is known for being the capital of Washington State. Olympia is the 22nd largest city in the state, so it is not its size but rather its location that makes it a convenient capital. It is also one of the oldest cities in the state, contributing to it being the capital.[3] 

In Olympia, many people say that the artesian water is the reason why the coffee there is rated with some of America's best coffee. Some say the artesian wells bring water to Olympia that gives the coffee more flavor. Some particularly famous coffee shops include Mud Bay Coffee Company, Dancing Goats Espresso Bar, and Sizizis.[8] Other attractions in the area include the State Capital building, the Olympic Flight Museum, and the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.


The boundaries of the Olympia Region are basically contained in the Olympic Peninsula. On the east side is the city of Olympia, Washington. The edge of the Olympia Region follows the shoreline and highway 101 all the way up the Pacific coast to the tip at Neath Bay and Cape Flattery, then back down to Tokeland where it cuts across back over to Olympia. Most of the region is unpopulated due to most of it being a national park. However, there are eight Native American Tribes that live on the peninsula. They include the Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S'Klallam, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Skokomish, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah tribes.[9] Additionally, there is a Quinault Native American Reservation located on the southwest side of the peninsula. 

The Olympic Peninsula is known for having very diverse ecosystems. There are three different biomes present on the peninsula--an ocean biome, a rainforest biome, and an alpine tundra biome. The ocean biome includes the beach and the foggy sea stacks. Animals that live in this area include sand crabs, tropical fish, and sea stars.[1] The rainforest consists of rivers, green trees with moss growing on them, and rocky forest floors. The fauna found in this area includes Pacific tree frogs, owls, and the brown bear. The alpine tundra biome has steep mountains with deciduous trees, wildflowers, and grassy meadows. Many of the animals from the rainforest biome also live in the alpine tundra biome. Some other animals in the tundra include bobcats, raccoons, and elk.[10] 

One reason the Olympia Region is a popular spot for tourists is that it offers many different options in a relatively small area. The average year-round temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather doesn't change very much between seasons because of its proximity to the ocean. The average rainfall over the course of any given year is 50 inches of rain. It rains more in the winter than in the summer and is generally more humid than as well. August and September are the driest months of the year. Thus they are the months when most tourists visit.


Native American Tribes have populated the Olympic Peninsula for thousands of years. In 1846 European settlers Livi Lathrop Smith and Edmund Sylvester first set foot in the Olympia Washington Region. They quickly started building a small seaside town and named it Smithfield after Levi Lathrop Smith. Later, the town's name was changed to Olympia because on any clear day, the Olympic Mountains can be seen from Olympia, and the settlers were reminded of Mt. Olympus in Greece. This town grew to be a large city within a few years of people settling there and quickly became a hub of people coming and going through Washington State, trade, and tourism. [7]

In 1853, the Washington Territory was formed, and Olympia was chosen to be the capital of the territory. By the end of 1889, Washington had obtained statehood, and they continued to hold on to Olympia as the capital. In 1949 a devastating earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter Scale shook Olympia and the surrounding areas. The people of the Olympic Region were not prepared for this type of natural disaster, and many of the historic buildings and sites were destroyed. The few that did survive are in the outlying areas of the city. In 1897 President J. Edgar Hoover declared most of the Olympic Peninsula as the Olympic Forest Reserve. In 1937 the Olympic Forest Reserve was renamed as Olympic National Park by President Franklin Roosevelt, protecting it even further. Following that change, Olympic National Park became a world heritage site in 1981. Though the park has a long history of people admiring the views of the landscape, there is much of it that has yet to be discovered and explored.[7]

4.8 (338 Reviews)

Glen Ayr Resort is comprised of a motel as well as an RV park that is located on the north side of Hoodsport, Washington. The resort has motel rooms, a couple of cottages, and over 30 RV spaces. The Hood Canal runs right by the property, where guests are able to walk down to the water's edge and spend time fishing, swimming, kayaking, and more. The property is found east of Olympia National Forest, which is less than an hour away. Glen Ayr Resort is a location where previous guests have celebrated things like family reunions, as well as weddings. The owner mentions that oysters and clams can be found on nearby beaches throughout the year.

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4.6 (360 Reviews)

Located in the Northwestern United States, Elwha RV Park and Campground occupies 18 acres of land in Port Angeles, Washington. Visitors are given the option to choose between three different types of rentals, which are as follows: cabins, RV spaces, and tent sites. Two particularly notable features that can be found on the premises are a hydroponic greenhouse that grows organic produce and a gift shop that sells basic camping supplies, such as firewood. The grounds of the property are additionally characterized by walking trails that extend from the campground, some of which lead directly to the Olympic National Forest—a prominent attraction in the area. Many people also tend to be drawn to the local events that are hosted annually.

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4.2 (319 Reviews)

Crescent Beach and RV Park is a campground that has 24-acres of land, with a grand total of 50 sites that are available throughout the property, which is located in Port Angeles, Washington, near the Olympic Peninsula. Crescent Beach and RV Park privately own their own beach that stretches across more than a half-mile of the coast, which is available for guests to use if they are currently staying on the property. Of the available sites for stay, most of them are RV sites, but there are also a couple of cabins and several tent locations as well.

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4.2 (301 Reviews)

Columbus Park, located in Olympia Washington, sits on the shores of Black Lake. The property has RV spaces, tent camping, and day-use availability. There are also residential areas on the grounds that are used as moderate to low-income housing for people. Inside of the main office facilities is a relatively small store that is open during the camping season of May through September. The short-term stay RV sites, camping sites, and day-use availability are also open during the same months. There are 26 sites that guests can stay at, and all the RV sites have full hookups, including water, sewage, and electricity. 

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The Mossquatch Resort was established in 2019 and is located near the Olympic National Forest along the Washington Coastline. The resort is designed to provide an "off the grid" experience for all of its guests. There is no power or water to any of the three cabins or five glamping tents on the twenty acre property. A shower and bathroom facility on the premises has running water, and wireless internet is available at the pavilion located at the center of the property. The cabins are rustic, with large windows and an outhouse nearby. The glamping sites are designed for larger groups and can sleep up to eight individuals. Mossquatch Resort is open year-round and has the most visitors during the summer months between June and September.

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