By Linnea Schuster
Olympia
Washington
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Olympia, Washington is not only the capitol of the Evergreen state, but a hub for arts, culture, and progressive natural living. Bordering on the population of a mid-sized city, Olympia is geared towards predominantly grassroots activities and community. Attractions included tons of public art, surrounding natural beauty, the state capitol, and some very fascinating Earth Day celebrations. Tourists of all ages are sure to find fun-filled activities and adventure that last in Washington’s capital.
   
The city can be accessed through the Olympia Regional Airport (OLM) and also from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Begin your journey to the state capital by booking your flights at EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Then, once you are comfortably secure with your airline tickets, check out our available hotel options in Olympia, Washington area at the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
   
Residents of Olympia are artistically and politically active, and no other event showcases these qualities more than the Procession of the Species Celebration on Earth Day. Launched in 1995 to commemorate the anniversary of Earth Day and reinstating of the Endangered Species Act, Olympians and visitors alike are encouraged to create their own costume of their favorite animal (existing, extinct, or imaginary) and stroll down the main street of Olympia. Thousands of participants don costumes as tens of thousands of spectators enjoy the show. Reader’s Digest and EscapeWizard.com agree, this is a must-see and a must-do!
   
In case you are not in Olympia for the excitement of the Procession, the Washington State House is open for self-guided and group tours, even online! During your tour you will learn historical facts about the Capitol, like how the building survived three enormous earthquakes, and that the Capitol dome rises 287 feet in the air. The building, in addition to housing the state legislature, also hosts numerous community outreach events year-round for a wide variety of interests. The Capitol is an essential stop for everyone, including those mildly interested in American history.
   
Adding to the long list of community events in Olympia is the Farmers Market, open every weekend, April through December. The market draws tons of growers selling top-notch organic Washington produce, animal products, crafts, and decorative plants. Live entertainment is another mainstay of this community gathering, centered in the city of Olympia on Capitol Way North near the waterfront. Stop by and sample all that Olympia and the lush surrounding Pacific Northwest natural landscape have to offer!
   
If you plan your visit during the summer months and want to cool off with the kids or have a scenic picnic, be sure to visit the Olympia heritage park fountain. Constructed in 1996 through donations from a local family, the fountain is located on the waterfront and encourages kids and adults alike to splash through its jets. The park fountain is a great way to have some no-cost fun in the sun and get some downtime during your stay in Olympia.
   
The city of Olympia, Washington is a super-fun destination for history buffs and progressive tourists alike. Community-run attractions like the Earth Day Procession of the Species Celebration, the Farmer’s Market, the heritage park fountain, and countless other activities draw visitors in to the close-knit public sphere of the city. EscapeWizard.com invites you to enter the world of Olympia and experience all it has to offer, today!