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Mount St. Helens

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As featured in Daytrips from Seattle
Ranked #26 of 1,242 attractions in Washington
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Type: Volcanos, Mountains
Activities: Mountaineering, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Mount St Helens is an active volcano in Washington State, situated between Seattle and Portland. There was a major eruption in 1980, and it became... more »
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Weston, Oregon
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It really does make you realize just how small we really are. We chose a Sunday for our drive and it was amazing. Sunny the whole way up and down. We stopped at all the visitor centers and took pictures. Wanted to make it to the lake, but the visitor centers and gates said they close at 4pm. What an... More

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Salisbury, Maryland, US
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138 reviews 138 reviews
37 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I was traveling from Portland to Seattle and added this as a side trip since I am from the east and did not know if I'd be back. Well worth the extra time. Drove up towards the visitor center, snow covered mountains and just majestic. I could never imagine what it looked like when the lady blew her top. Unfortunately... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This place is awesome. I have been several times. It is amazing to see how far it has come since the eruption. I especially like when you drive up to the mountain, how it is easy to see how the mountain has changed. I also like the tree farms on the side. My favorite part is going across the bridge... More

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Israel, Jerusalem
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196 reviews 196 reviews
151 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

we were there in august, but the mountain was covered with clouds so had no point of going up. you can check that ahead in the seaquest/silver lake visitor center on route 504. there is a nice gallery there with information on the eruption and a nice 20 minutes trail in the surroundings over a wetland. we also got a... More

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Toledo, Washington, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I live near Mt. St. Helens and visit every year or so, as it changes every season. To see the history of the eruption, what happened then, and to see the renewal before your eyes is amazing.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
60 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Hiked it than viewed it from the north side. Make sure you stop at the visitor centers along the way. The Weyerhauser(forestry) Center is probably the nicest and most informative of them all. Pack a lunch and just check it out or go for a hike.

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Groton, Connecticut
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Absolutely breathtaking! All I could think was "wow" once I reached the top to view the scenic lookout and Mount Saint Helen herself . There was lots of snow in the parking area that I had to trudge through, but it was well worth it and besides, people before me left some of their trail so wasn't to bad after... More

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Pine, Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Unbelievable. From the history of the eruption to the artifacts preserved - anybody in the area should visit this mountain. Highly suggest this for a day or weekend experience.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This was by far the best day of my USA trip. Firstly the sight of mount st helens breaking through the cloud and finally seeing for one self the vast area that was destroyed in 1980. The whole experience was made possible with the tour company america hub world tours based in Portland. They organise a tour out of season... More

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Mbabane, Swaziland
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Friendly shuttle driver from the airport, I was not expecting much at the lodge looking at the rate, but the place is clean and the breakfast is good. I think I will visit again, though not in a domitory room next time.

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