Seattle to Olympia
- Distance: 71 miles
- Routes: Old Highway 99
- Estimated Driving Time: 2 hours
Towns off the main route are, for the most part, rather widely separated. Rolling hills enclose the numerous river valleys of the northern portion, while, southward, the land levels off into a prairie. Tangles of Scotch broom, masses of yellow bloom in spring and summer, cover miles of the open forest, and in season the prairie is blue with camas flowers.
Around the seaport cities of Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia are concentrated most of the shipping and the manufacturing of western Washington. Although lumber and fish account for much of the maritime commerce, the Sound ports are an outlet for the agricultural produce of the entire State, from Wenatchee apples to Puyallup bulbs and berries.