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Driving distance from:Seattle: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Portland: 1 hour, 51 minutes

Ellensburg: 2 hours, 34 minutes

Bellingham: 2 hours, 39 minutes

The Washington State capitol building in Olympia



Founded: 1850 (According to the City of Olympia web site)

Population: 46,100 (2009 U.S. Census estimate)

Name Origin: Resident Isaac N. Ebey suggested the name in homage of the nearby Olympic Mountains. (City of Olympia web site)

Did you know … an Olympia Dairy Queen sold the world’s first soft serve ice cream (According to

Olympia is Washington’s capitol city, and as such often gets the most attention for its involvement in government. But if you just want to have some fun sans the political talk, check out my favorite spots to visit there.

Andrea’s Favorite:

Archibald Sisters in downtown Olympia

Quirky Store: Archibald Sisters. One thing’s for certain when you go into this store – you never know what you’ll find: jewelry boxes, handmade postcards, word magnets in various languages, dashboard Jesus bobble head dolls, buttons with political messages, basically anything you can fathom. I’m always surprised at least once by some merchandise whenever I visit. You’re bound to leave with something unique, or least have a good laugh.

Dancing Goats Espresso Bar near Olympia's Farmers Market

Coffee Shop: Dancing Goats Espresso Bar. While you’re visiting the farmer’s market, stop by Dancing Goats, which boasts coffee beans from all over the world. The shop also sells Fair Trade coffee, a company which ensures that the coffee beans were purchased from a farmer who was given a fair price for his product. I’ve never had a bad experience there, in terms of service or coffee.

Olympia's Farmers Market

Place to Shop: The Olympia Farmers Market. Sandwiched between the creatively named East Bay and West Bay, this market offers more than fruits and veggies. Here you can find restaurants serving foods of various nationalities, half a dozen bakeries, florists, seafood, and occasional live music. When you’re done shopping, stroll down the Olympia boardwalk, which, of course, is always free.

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Driving distance from …

Coeur d’Alene: 39 minutes

Pullman:  1 hour, 28 minutes

Ellensburg: 2 hours, 55 minutes

Seattle: 4 hours, 53 minutes

I wasn’t very well-acquainted with Spokane until I moved here a few years ago, but I have quickly learned to love it. Spokane offers all the benefits you’d expect from the second-largest city in the state, yet it isn’t a giant urban sprawl like the Seattle area (no offense to West-siders; I’m one of you). Even the busiest Spokane streets are easy to navigate. On Spokane driving, my motto is, “All roads lead to Division.”

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Andrea’s Favorite …

Student deal: The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Symphonies, orchestras, Grammy-award winning singers, the Fox has it all. My fellow poor college students can’t miss out on student rush tickets. Typically, you can buy them two hours before the show, sometimes for only $7. And if you’re interested in forties’ music in the slightest, you cannot miss one of their big band tributes.

Coffee shop: The Service Station. In addition to its delicious coffee and food, this non-profit holds concerts and sells goods for humanitarian organizations like Krochet Kids. If you’re a Whitworth student, you will run into a friend here. Try their chicken chipotle panini if you’re into spicy food. Personal favorite drink: white chocolate Americano for under $3.





Freebie: Riverfront Park is a fun and free place to hang out, and it’s within walking distance of downtown. Slide down the giant radio flyer, stroll down Centennial Trail, run through the fountain on a hot afternoon, feed the ducks by the carrousel, or better yet, feed the garbage goat.




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