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Yelm is an asset en-route on the Thurston Bountiful Byway

“The 60-mile Thurston Bountiful Byway spans many diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, including the 637-acre Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.” Photo courtesy: Experience Olympia & Beyond

“Explore the Best of Thurston County Along the Thurston Bountiful Byway”

As Thurston County residents venture outside in search of summertime adventure, local travelers can take the scenic route and explore a new side to the region along the Thurston Bountiful Byway. From Olympia to Yelm, the Thurston Bountiful Byway lines many of Thurston County’s tightknit communities and is bustling with shops and stops along the way. The Thurston Bountiful Byway calls for a local daycation, to reset, explore and experience what makes Thurston County decidedly different.

Looping around the communities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Rochester, Tenino and Yelm, the 60-mile Thurston Bountiful Byway spans many diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in the Nisqually Valley, the byway eventually leads to Yelm in to the south, before connecting the communities of Rainer, Tenino, Rochester and Littlerock. Heading west, the byway boarders the Capitol State Forest, before it concludes near Mud Bay Road and Delphi Road in West Olympia.” by Molly Walsh, via Thurston Talk. Read more

Posted by Steve on August 1, 2020 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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  1. Given the Governor’s restrictions on so many things, this article needs to be updated to indicate where one can find public restrooms, that are open, along the Bountiful Byway.

    Comment by Larry Johnson on August 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

  2. Since this was from Experience Olympia & Beyond, perhaps you will ask them to do such an update.

    Comment by Steve on August 1, 2020 at 10:56 pm

  3. This is a beautiful time of year and it would be great to travel through the countryside. By bicycle. There is an obvious contradiction inherent in encouraging people to visit wineries, breweries and distilleries by car, and moreover a 60 mile loop would produce something on the order of 50 pounds of Carbon Dioxide in a car that gets 30 miles to a gallon of gas. This covid catastrophe has opened a window onto a world that we can enjoy without the need to noodle from one store to another in a car. The bike ride from Yelm to Tenino and back is an easy breeze days outing.

    Comment by Don on August 2, 2020 at 9:52 am

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