We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Washington State Capitol

Certificate of Excellence
Monuments & statues, Sights & Landmarks
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 416 Snider Avenue SE, Olympia, WA
Phone Number: (360) 725-3000
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 135 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
Capitol

This is truly incredible for a state capitol. It feels as though it should be located in Washington DC instead!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Austin K
,
Olympia, Washington
Add Photo Write a Review

135 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Olympia, Washington
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is truly incredible for a state capitol. It feels as though it should be located in Washington DC instead!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington State
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

OK so I work on campus so I probably take a lot for granted, parking is a nightmare during session, but you can't beat the view from the law enforcement memorial on a crisp, clear winter day, the spring flowers always look pretty. Too bad they can't keep up the sunken gardens anymore.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bellevue, Washington
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Enjoyed our tour of the Capitol and the docent was very informative!! Parking was confusing but FREE for the holiday just across the street.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Longview, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I was at the capitol to visit my reps. While there I was given a mini tour of the building. It is beautiful. I loved the architecture. I'm a big fan of old buildings and this one didn't disappoint. I will go back and do the guided tour and get more of the history but for the brief visit I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spokane Valley, Washington
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The kids had yet to visit their home state’s capitol building so we remedied that today as a detour from our stay in Seattle this weekend. Hourly guided tours are offered, but we “self-guided” ourselves through the bottom three floors. Impressive architecture and history/memorial displays. The gift shop had lots to offer from souvenirs to clothes to northwest food items... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Olympia, Washington
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I have been to most of the Capitals in the States. Washington state capital is the most beautiful inside and out. The breath taking views from the reflection lake below are a photographers dream. Inside is beautiful and the short tour gives Washington State's history "in a nut shell". Going to the park below is a nice place for a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
The NW
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sure, it's a tour of a capitol building but this tour is really interesting. The buildings and artwork are something to behold. You really get a great and fun lesson on our state capitol and if you have the time, get a tour of the Governors Mansion too. It's a beautiful home with great stories that go along with it.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Olympia, Washington
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Capitol is a great place to bring visitors for a guided tour or just step inside and enjoy the simple, elegant beauty of the building. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable but there are printed information pamphlets if you prefer to just walk through the public areas on your own. The Tiffany lighting fixtures are exquisite. The bronze doors... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Olympia, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

If you want to be awed by the past, engaged by the present and hope-filled for the future then you cannot miss a tour of the WA State Capitol AND the new tour offered at the Temple of Justice! All this quality experience at no cost! And I strongly recommend planning your outing to include lunch at the deli on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
42 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We took several pictures as we drove around and visited this historical area. The buildings are a great sight, especially the old capital building. If you love old buildings and their art, don't miss this area. It's a great stop.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Washington State Capitol also viewed

 

Been to Washington State Capitol? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Washington State Capitol staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?