Hotel at a Glance: Guesthouse Inn And Suites
The spacious Guesthouse Inn And Suites is set in forested Tumwater, a small town about 5 miles from Washington's state capital, Olympia. The hotel's guest rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay, including refrigerators, microwaves, and free WiFi.
- Start the day with a hot breakfast of pastries, iced cinnamon rolls, sausage, waffles, eggs, and coffee.
- 10-minute drive to the shops and restaurants of downtown Olympia
- Don't miss Tumwater Falls Park, where an 82-foot waterfall tumbles into Capitol Lake.
- Take a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub.
Greater Olympia, Washington: Capital City Along Puget Sound
Situated about an hour’s drive from Seattle, the capital city of Olympia has a humble, small-town feel, though things tend to pick up when the state legislature is in session. The town’s ethos is probably captured best at the Evergreen State College, a small liberal-arts school known for its free-spirited students and unorthodox academic practices. Cartoonist Matt Groening and rapper Macklemore are both alumni of Evergreen, where professors issue written evaluations in lieu of letter grades.
The Washington State Capitol, a grand structure set on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, is the architectural focal point of Olympia. It has a 287-foot-high masonry dome—the fifth tallest in the world—and the largest setup of solar panels of any US capitol. After touring the building, head to a dockside restaurant for fresh seafood or visit the vibrant Olympia Farmers Market, which operates from April through December.
There’s plenty to do outside the city as well, particularly in the outdoors. Mount Rainier, located 55 miles away, is a popular destination for day trips. Hike along a portion of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail to see beautiful lowland forests and wildflower meadows. Or head to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in the nearby town of Eatonville—its 715 acres are a habitat for bison, elk, bears, and cougars.