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Address: WA 98649
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Mountaineering, Hiking
Description: While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to...
While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to see what remains of this famous volcano.
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle

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Colossal Natural Disaster

I wasn't all that excited about going to the mountain. I've got to say, once I saw the mountain in person, it became intriguing. The Johnston Ridge Observatory uses various... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Ann Arbor, MI
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I wasn't all that excited about going to the mountain. I've got to say, once I saw the mountain in person, it became intriguing. The Johnston Ridge Observatory uses various methods to really spell out what happened back in 1980. All ages seemed to be engaged. I now have a clear understanding of the magnitude of this explosion and following... More 

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you are going to be going to the south entrance to Mt. Rainier, take an extra day and go up the east side to Mt. St. Helens. You won't be sorry. It has been 35 years since the big eruption and you still see the lasting effects. Drive all the way to Windy Ridge. If you are lucky, there... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Terrific views, lovely drive, fascinating story; well worth the by-pass off I5 but must be patient on slow drive

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Franklin, New Hampshire, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

There are a lot of visitors centers for Mt. St. Helens. This is the closest to the mountain with the best views. There is a fee for adults, but it includes a movie and the information center. My 6 year old is still talking about the "volcano" as he puts together a 500 piece puzzle he bought in the gift... More 

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Seattle
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I am a WA native and this was my first visit. Shame on me. We stopped first at the Visitor's Center just off I-5 at Castle Rock. After watching the movie about the 1980 eruption, checking out the informative displays, and gift shop, we headed to Johnston Ridge. The photo opportunities along the drive are numerous, so it took us... More 

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Winter Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Not much around but a hike well worth it. You can hike without a permit only to a certain area, forget the name. Permits can be hard to come by so apply early and you people are always trading online. Pretty easy hike, doesn't require much training. The trail eventually becomes a series of boulder climbing then hiking. Bring water... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It has been years since my last visit to this massive natural desolate area. The highlight of the trip for me was in the Johnson Ridge visitor center after viewing the moving on the destruction of the mountain. This movie, followed by by the removal of the video screen and opening the window blinds is mind boggling. I will not... More 

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Millbury, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Take 504 to Mt. St. Helens. Great views along the way and great Restaurant for Halibut & Chip at the Bluffs Tourists stop. It's just incredible to see what can happen to the landscape after a volcanic eruption and largest landslide in recorded history and how the land rebounds. Of course a lot of the pines were replanted.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

Wanted to see the mountain on a trip sloth from Seattle. The first visitors centre were very helpful, earned us that the visibility might be poor on the day, and suggested if we had time, to head to the next centre 20 minutes away. There was an Osprey nest at the visitor centre also, which provided a lot of interest.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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109 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located around 150 km south of Seattle and 80 km northeast of Portland, Oregon. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows. The site has a Forest Learning Center which is located inside the blast zone of Mount St. Helens. Its displays and exhibits focus on the geology and... More 

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Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)

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