1211 Quince Street SE, Olympia, WA, US, 98501-2455
- Phone: (360) 943-4710
- Fax: (360) 943-0804
Commonly known as The Castle, The Old Capitol Building has sustained several disasters. The eight-foot (2.4-meter) glass window on the main entrance was artistically done by Michael Kennedy, and is absolutely stunning. This building has been a home to offices as well. Built in 1890, it is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bigelow House Museum constructed in 1850s was the residence of Bigelows, a prominent family of the Washington state. This family was deeply involved in social causes that dealt with womens rights and the field of public education. The Carpenter Gothic style structure is now a house museum that preserves and displays documents and other heirlooms of this family.
Just south of Olympia, you will find one of the more remarkable animal habitats on the whole West Coast. This deceptively small patch of land plays host to a number of wounded and orphaned wolves. The facility nurses them back to health for release into the wild. The "Howl-In" is held Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30pm during the summer. The show features storytelling, singing and a howling contest. Admission to the preserve is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors/military personnel/students and $6 for kids.
About an hour and a half from Seattle, this 3,000-acre (1214-hectare) wildlife refuge plays host to an incredible number of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, about 100 species in all. There are 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) of open trails, a fishing area, a new wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, and a visitor's center. A dike separates salt water from freshwater, so you can view a variety of habitats. In autumn, the bird population swells as migratory birds stop off to eat and rest before continuing south.
The Mimo Mounds can be found in Littlerock and some part is also present in Olympia. These mounds are circular, dome-like formation over a flat piece of land. Scientists have invested many years of research, but the reason behind these structures is still not known. The entire are is strictly preserved and is considered as a Natural National Landmark. The entire trial encompasses 637 acres of land and is a good hiking spot.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a base that contains both Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base. Fort Lewis was named after Meriwether Lewis and is one of the largest and most modern military reservations in the United States of America. The McChord Air Force Base contains the the famous Fort Lewis Military Museum to preserve and document the Forts history, the Madigan Army Medical Center and the Yakima Training Center. Besides the training spaces available at the Yakima Training Center, Fort Lewis has abundant high-quality, close-in training areas, including live fire ranges.