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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Olympia.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Olympia ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Seattle. It is located about 47 miles [75 km] to the northeast of Olympia. Seattle has a population of 725,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Tacoma. It is located about 26 miles [41 km] to the northeast of Olympia and has a population of 213,000 people.

For comparison, Olympia has a population of 51,600 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are driving it.<2>

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Auburn   [Map]   80,776   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Bainbridge Island   [Map]   24,522   NE   44 miles [70.8 km]
Bremerton   [Map]   41,041   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Burien   [Map]   51,671   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Des Moines   [Map]   31,238   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Federal Way   [Map]   96,690   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Kent   [Map]   128,458   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lacey   [Map]   49,748   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
Lakewood   [Map]   60,296   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Maple Valley   [Map]   25,758   NE   45 miles [72.4 km]
Mercer Island   [Map]   25,261   NE   48 miles [77.2 km]
Puyallup   [Map]   41,001   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Renton   [Map]   101,379   NE   44 miles [70.8 km]
SeaTac   [Map]   29,140   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
University Place   [Map]   33,401   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]

Below is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Anderson Island   [Map]   ---   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Bayshore   [Map]   ---   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
DuPont   [Map]   9,487   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
East Olympia   [Map]   ---   SE   5 miles [8 km]
Fort Lewis   [Map]   ---   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Herron Island   [Map]   ---   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Kellys Korner   [Map]   ---   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Littlerock   [Map]   ---   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Longbranch   [Map]   ---   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Nisqually Indian Community   [Map]   ---   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
North Yelm   [Map]   ---   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Rainier   [Map]   2,126   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Tanglewilde   [Map]   ---   E   5 miles [8 km]
Tenino   [Map]   1,830   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
Tumwater   [Map]   22,973   S   2 miles [3.2 km]

For more communities neighboring Olympia, please visit our County-by-County Page for Olympia.

Thurston County ...

Olympia is located in Thurston County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Thurston County: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason & Pierce. The northeastern boundary of the county is on Pudget Sound.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Olympia ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Olympia.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Olympia ...

Looking for more information about Olympia? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Olympia, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Olympia.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Olympia.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Olympia. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Olympia. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Washington

    Washington Tourism
    Parks for Washington

    Fishing in Washington
    Hunting in Washington

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Washington Statewide Tourism
    Olympia Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Page for Olympia


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Washington

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Washington

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Washington

Airports Near Olympia ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Olympia.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Olympia Muni.(OLM/KOLM)   [Map]   OLM   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
Sanderson Fld.(SHN/KSHN)   [Map]   SHN   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Tacoma Narrows Airport(ICAO: KTIW)   [Map]   TIW   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Chehalis - Centralia Airport(ICAO: KCLS)   [Map]   CLS   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
Elma Muni.   [Map]   4W8   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
Pierce Co. Airport - Thun Fld.(ICAO: KPLU)   [Map]   PLU   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Bremerton National Airport(PWT/KPWT)   [Map]   PWT   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
Vashon Muni.   [Map]   2S1   NNE   35 miles [56.3 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Olympia.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Olympia. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Seattle - Tacoma Intl. (SEA/KSEA)   [Map]   SEA   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
King County Intl. (BFI/KBFI)   [Map]   BFI   NE   44 miles [70.8 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Snohomish Co. Airport (PAE/KPAE)   [Map]   PAE   NNE   66 miles [106.2 km]
Friday Hbr. Airport (FRD/KFHR)   [Map]   FHR   N   102 miles [164.2 km]
Portland - Hillsboro Airport (HIO/KHIO)   [Map]   HIO   S   103 miles [165.8 km]
Orcas Island Airport (ESD/KORS)   [Map]   ORS   N   115 miles [185.1 km]
Yakima Air Terminal Airport (YKM/KYKM)   [Map]   YKM   ESE   116 miles [186.7 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Olympia Muni.(OLM/KOLM)   [Map]   OLM   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
Sanderson Fld.(SHN/KSHN)   [Map]   SHN   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Tacoma Narrows Airport(ICAO: KTIW)   [Map]   TIW   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Chehalis - Centralia Airport(ICAO: KCLS)   [Map]   CLS   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
Elma Muni.   [Map]   4W8   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
Pierce Co. Airport - Thun Fld.(ICAO: KPLU)   [Map]   PLU   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Bremerton National Airport(PWT/KPWT)   [Map]   PWT   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
Vashon Muni.   [Map]   2S1   NNE   35 miles [56.3 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Seattle - Tacoma Intl.   (SEA/KSEA)   [Map]
        Website for Seattle - Tacoma International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
King County Intl.   (BFI/KBFI)   [Map]
        Website for King County International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Orcas Island Airport   (ESD/KORS)   [Map]
        Website for Orcas Island Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Yakima Air Terminal Airport   (YKM/KYKM)   [Map]
        Website for Yakima Air Terminal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Olympia Muni.   (OLM/KOLM)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Sanderson Fld.   (SHN/KSHN)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Tacoma Narrows Airport   (ICAO: KTIW)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Chehalis - Centralia Airport   (ICAO: KCLS)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Pierce Co. Airport - Thun Fld.   (ICAO: KPLU)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Bremerton National Airport   (PWT/KPWT)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Portland Intl.   (PDX/KPDX)   [Map]
        Website for Portland International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
South Lewis Co. Airport   (ICAO: KTDO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Renton Muni.   (ICAO: KRNT)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Victoria Intl.   (YYJ/CYYJ)   [Map]
        Website for Victoria International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Vancouver Intl.   (YVR/CYVR)   [Map]
        Website for Vancouver International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Spokane Intl.   (GEG/KGEG)   [Map]
        Website for Spokane International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Kelowna Intl.   (YLW/CYLW)   [Map]
        Website for Kelowna International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Snohomish Co. Airport   (PAE/KPAE)   [Map]
        Website for Snohomish County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Friday Hbr. Airport   (FRD/KFHR)   [Map]
        Website for Friday Harbor Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Portland - Hillsboro Airport   (HIO/KHIO)   [Map]
        Website for Portland - Hillsboro Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Olympia: www.ci.olympia.wa.us/

The official website for Thurston County: www.co.thurston.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: www.access.wa.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Olympia.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Olympia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Olympia) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Olympia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Olympia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olympia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.0390, Longitude: -122.9008     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Olympia), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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