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Olympia is in the South Sound region of Washington.

Olympia is the capitol of Washington State, and the Thurston County seat. The city reflects a diverse economic base and culture. It is also home to The Evergreen State College, one of six public four-year schools in Washington. As of the 2000 census, there are 42,514 residents of Olympia.

Olympia's art and music scene is unusually large and active for a town of its size, and its identity as a city remains distinct despite strong influences from Seattle, Tacoma and Everett to the North and from Portland/Vancouver to the South. Olympia is somewhat of a breeding ground for Pacific Northwest alternative culture having spawned or influenced many of the region's better-known personalities.

The city's downtown core has been designated as a National Historic District.

The natural beauty of Olympia is of particular note. From downtown, one can see the Olympic Mountains to the northwest set behind Puget Sound's Budd Bay - and towering Mt. Rainier to the southeast set next to the state capitol building and Capitol Lake.

Description is available from Wikitravel under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. A list of contributors is available at the original article.

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  1. Kurt Cobain moved to Olympia where he and fellow founding member Krist Novoselic founded the iconic band.
  2. The world's first soft-serve ice cream machine was located in an Olympia Dairy Queen.
  3. In 1896, Olympia became the home of the Olympia Brewing Company, which brewed Olympia Beer until 2003.
  4. In 1984, Olympia hosted the U.S. Olympic women's marathon trial. The winner of the event was Joan Benoit who would later win a gold medal at the first women's Olympic marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles.
  5. The 90s riot grrrl feminist punk movement, which included bands like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, originated in Olympia

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