Visiting the Capitol

City of Olympia
Capital of Washington StateState Capitol dome

Welcome to Olympia, Washington State’s Capital City. Whether you are here for the day or the entire legislative session, we hope you enjoy your stay.

The Capitol Campus is managed by Washington State's Department of Enterprise Services (DES).

DES provides specific information including campus hours, driving directions, Capitol facts and history, and event and tour scheduling on their "Visit the Capitol" web page.

Looking for Something to Do While You're in Town?

Numerous unique restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues are conveniently located in Olympia’s historic downtown, just north of the State’s Capitol Campus. The Olympia Downtown Association provides more information at

The FREE Dash Shuttle, operated by Intercity Transit, runs on 12 and 15 minute schedules from the Capitol to downtown, Monday through Saturday. Get DASH information and other bus schedules at

The Olympia|Lacey|Tumwater Vistor Convention Bureau provides information about attractions and events, as well as dining, lodging and transportation services in the greater Thurston County area at

Parking at or Near the Capitol

DES provides over 600 parking spaces for visitors in various lots and metered parking spaces at the Capitol Campus. Information and a detailed map can be found at DES's "Parking for Visitors" web page.

The City of Olympia also provides metered on-street parking just north (toward the water) of the Campus, and throughout downtown. In addition, Diamond Parking offers several hourly parking lots in the downtown area. View our interactive parking map on our Downtown Parking Options page.

Warning! Neighborhood Parking is for Residents

To the south of the Capitol is the historic South Capitol Residential Neighborhood. While short-term, on-street parking is available in that neighborhood, it is closely enforced. We encourage you to respect the residential nature of this neighborhood and to park instead in one of the visitor lots on the Capitol Campus, or at the on-street parking at the Capitol and on the streets north of the Campus.