• TRAVEL NOTICE: Learn more about COVID-19
  • Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • Cruise Tips
  • News
  • Deals

Cruises to Olympia (Washington)

Olympia, Washington (Photo: Mark A Joseph/Shutterstock.com)

About Olympia (Washington)

Nestled at the protected southern tip of Puget Sound, Washington State's tiny capital blends politics with a chilled, creative vibe. You'll spot the graceful neoclassical dome of the Capitol Building on the tender ride through the Sound, the snowy Cascades Range as a backdrop on a clear day. These mountains, specifically the towering, 14,410-foot hulk of Mount Rainier, are most likely to be your destination on a shore excursion, but if you prefer to skip the long coach journey, there's enough to do in town for a day.

Free, 60-minute tours of the Capitol Campus are offered daily between 10 a.m. (11 a.m. on weekends) and 3 p.m.; worthwhile if you want to know about local history and take in the art collection and various memorials around the site. Olympia prides itself on its creative, edgy vibe and there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in the compact downtown area north of the campus. Oysters, fresh from the oyster beds in Puget Sound, make a great lunch -- and there's even a distillery downtown -- Shoe Box Spirits -- where you can sample craft gin and vodka in an informal session. The colorful farmers' market, second in size only to Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, is located right by the tender dock.

What you won't find in Olympia is a resort atmosphere. The narrow waterfront is dominated by a giant pier unloading logs onto cargo ships, although there's a pleasant boardwalk at Percival Landing Park, close to the downtown area and with views across the yacht marina to the Capitol.

  • Why go to Olympia (Washington)?

  • Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

We're sorry no itineraries matched your search. Please update your search criteria and try again.

Why go to Olympia (Washington)?

Pros:

Packs in history, food and shopping

Cons:

More of a working port, lacking a scenic waterfront

Bottom Line:

Laidback little town, gateway to Mount Rainier National Park

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the U.S. dollar and there are ATMs in the downtown area. For up-to-date exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language?

English is the official language.


Related Cruises

Cruises to Guadeloupe
Cruises to Dover
Cruises to Rome (Civitavecchia)
Cruises to King's Wharf
Cruises to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria)
Cruises to Trondheim
Cruises to Hiroshima
Cruises to Budapest
Cruises to Punta Arenas
Cruises to Bari
Cruises to Honfleur
Cruises to Napier
Cruises to Hobart
Cruises to Kobe
Cruises to Sydney (Nova Scotia)
Cruises to Tangier
Cruises to Invergordon (Inverness)
Cruises to Catania
Cruises to Alicante
Cruises to Arles
Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.