Olympia is located at the southern tip of the Puget Sound. Olympia is a great place to live, work, and play!  It has a vibrant culture, a charming downtown, and a range of outdoor activities. The Olympia area (Thurston County) with a population of 250,000, boasts a low unemployment rate, a strong, well-supported school system, and a mild climate.  And yes, it does rain a bit but that’s why it’s sooo green!  And from late spring through early fall you’ll enjoy some of the nicest weather anywhere!

With the Olympic Mountains and the South Puget Sound to the north, Mt. Rainier to the east, and the Pacific Coast to the west, the Olympia area provides for unmatched opportunities for outdoor recreation of all kinds. If you like hiking, camping, kayaking, biking, skiing, or just being in the outdoors, this is the place.  We are also close to a couple of major metropolitan areas – Seattle, Washington to the north and Portland Oregon to the south can be reached within two hours.  The Pacific Ocean is about 1 ½ hours to the west.  If you head to Eastern Washington you’ll find an array of fruits and vegetables to enjoy, as well as sunshine and lots of wide open spaces.

Experience Washington – The State of Washington’s official tourism website

Thurston Talk – a locally-produced website with feature stories on local events and small businesses in Thurston County

City of Olympia – the official city website

Olympia Downtown Association – more events information

Interfaith Works – Information about collaboration among Olympia’s religious communities

Here are some photos from Olympia and elsewhere in Washington State: