Places to Go, People to See & Things to Do . . .

Founded in 1845, historical Tumwater is located between Seattle and Portland on Interstate-5, serving the traveler with a central location for exploring Puget Sound and all of its beauty, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Pacific Ocean beaches, and the Olympic Peninsula and Rain Forest. Tumwater is a friendly community with a population of 16,710 and growing (based on 2010 stats). 

Tumwater serves as a great "home base" for all of your sight-seeing activities. Hotels, bed and breakfast and campground facilities are priced just right. Enjoy your time visiting Tumwater, Olympia, Lacey and the surrounding Thurston County communities during the day and rest comfortably in Tumwater at night.

Distance from Tumwater . . .

Tacoma - 30 Miles
SeaTac Airport - 46 Miles
Seattle - 60 Miles
Pacific Ocean (Ocean Shores) - 74 Miles
Mt. Rainier (Paradise) - 81 Miles
Olympic National Park - 95 Miles
Portland, Oregon - 113 Miles
Mt. St. Helens - 120 Miles
Cascade Mountains (White Pass) - 121 Miles
Neah Bay - 187 Miles
Vancouver, Canada - 201 Miles
Spokane - 320 Miles

Things to See & Do . . .


Washington State Historical Society


Olympia & American Heritage Campgrounds


Timberland Regional Library - Genealogy Resources

Tumwater Timberland Library

Washington State Library


Saint Martin’s University

South Puget Sound Community College

The Evergreen State College

Tumwater Historical Landmarks

Tumwater Historical Research

Visit the Capitol - Olympia


Bigelow House Museum - Olympia

Crosby House Museum - Tumwater

Henderson House Museum - Tumwater

Lewis County Historical Museum - Chehalis

Olympic Flight Museum - Tumwater

Washington State Capitol Museum - Olympia