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5th Avenue Bridge

5th Avenue SW / Deschutes Pkwy SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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Ranked #17 of 24 Attractions in Olympia
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Fee: No
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Fee: No

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Olympia, Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Located in down town Olympia, the bridges are a great place to watch the salmon swimming upstream to the Deschutes River. During the run (September and October) there are often people there to help you spot the salmon and to tell you all about the run. The bridges are close to Heritage Park, restaurants and down town shops.

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Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

The dam is very harmful to Olympia and Budd Inlet. The sidewalk in front of the dam is narrow and dangerous. This dam needs to be removed and Deschutes Estuary restored.

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Olympia, Washington
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a great place to see the salmon run (there are hundreds of large salmon!) and the associated seals diving for salmon, blue heron and other critters. It is a great view of the area.

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Olympia, Washington
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137 reviews 137 reviews
36 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Having reviewed the design and construction of this bridge, I am a bit partial to it as a structure. The design does incorporate some nice pedestrian features, including widened sidewalks, night lighting that complements the bridge and the river, and some nice architectural features. However, it is a several block walk to get to it from any direction, and Western... More 

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Washington
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198 reviews 198 reviews
66 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I drive this bridge regularly and really haven't noticed anything of interest. It's a nice bridge in that it gets me from downtown to the west side.

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Olympia, Washington, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Informative and a great place to watch the boats and ships.

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Olympia, Washington
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

A little background for people visiting. The bridge is the main way to get to the Westside and has been replaced several times over the years. The last time was when the 2000 earthquake sank it like the Titanic. No one was hurt and we got a new bridge out of the deal. It has a nice place to look... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

The city has volunteers, during migration season, who can answer questions and help you identify what you are seeing. They are very helpful and it is a fun stop, even for a few minutes.

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Tumwater, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

In the fall, you can see the salmon traveling upstream. Front row seats.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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139 reviews 139 reviews
73 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

A must visit during the annual Salmon run in the fall. Views of salmon and sea lions against the majestic background of Budd inlet, the Olympic Mountains, and the state capital.

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