Olympia ranked one of top places to visit in US this summer. Other WA cities made the cut
Excerpt from The Olympian via Yahoo!:
For the past few years, Americans have wondered when traveling will return to how it was during pre-pandemic times. Since the World Health Organization officially ending the global health emergency in early May and Washington state immediately followed suit, the upcoming season is shaping up to be the first real post-COVID summer since the 2020 outbreak.
Will the summer of 2023 really be the first real post-pandemic travel boom? AAA predicts that about 7% more travelers will be out and about than in the summer of 2022. During Memorial Day weekend alone, more than 42 million Americans are expected to travel.
Washingtonians will no doubt be looking to fill up their travel logs in the coming months. Travel blog Travel Lemming recently curated a list of America’s top 150 summer travel destinations, and several Washington state cities and locations are listed as top choices, with Olympia ranked as 10th-best.
Olympia summer events and travel spots
The travel site states “Washington’s capital city represents the best of the state,” highlighting its vibrant artistic community, performances at local theaters, and live downtown and summer festivals.
Olympia is also a great access point for much of western Washington’s diverse scenery, including rainforests, coastal beaches, state parks, national parks and more. The city rests on the southern shore of the Puget Sound, perfect for kayaking and boating. The following environments are around a two-hour or less drive from Olympia:
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