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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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We had been hoping to see this site on one of our driving vacations. The drive up there is so beautiful. The forests are magnificent. The visitor center looking directly over... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Hopkins, Minnesota
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We had been hoping to see this site on one of our driving vacations. The drive up there is so beautiful. The forests are magnificent. The visitor center looking directly over to the mountain is not open yet but still worth the drive to see the area. It is so hard to imagine the amount if energy the blast emitted... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It was a fun visit. One day we visited the Windy Ridge side only to get within ten miles and the gate was closed. Beautiful drive on a narrow uneven road. Took the 408 back to napavine really pretty drive. The next day we went to the Johnston Ridge the next day. The observatory was closed. The view was incredible.... More 

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Southport, North Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We could only get but so close but the film at the Visitor's Center and the views were fantastic. Gift shop folks (two different gift shops as we were able to stop twice) were very nice and helpful with souvenirs.

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England
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

We visited in mid April and the snow was cleared and the road perfectly accessible, the National Park Authority still has not opened up the route to traffic so we were unable to enjoy the full splendour of the area.

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Roanoke, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I went in 2005 at that time you could still see the power of the devastation from the eruption 25 years earlier, I was amazed at how much was destroyed by nature and how beautiful the whole area was too. I need to go again to see the changes that have taken place since I went. A must go for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We went with a group and had a wonderful day of sightseeing, picture taking, hiking and picnicking. The visitors center had a wealth of information, very clean facilities, plenty of parking and information, and historical information as well. This is a historical and rugged area with plenty to do and see. We will be back and will recommend others as... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We drove and drove for a long distance but definitely worth it if you are in the area. We went to the rest stop/visitors center but it was closed. Please check the schedule and call to verify it is open!

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Kelowna
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We went to attempt the Ape Caves...unfortunately didn't get to far. I personnally was fasinated by the caves BUT this is for the out door type and that I am not. I found it difficult and creepy and wet stuff was dripping on my head...turned around within 10 mins The weather has horrible and that my have had a lot... More 

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Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We went on a Tuesday during off season - up 504 I think to the Johnson observatory area - the entire area was basically deserted. Here is the catch - all of the visitor centers are closed. You can't even get anywhere close to the base of the mountain off of 504 (North approach) because the road to the observatory... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

It is difficult to imagine that nature can reclaim so quickly the land that was once blasted clear of anything living. The observation post of the National Forest Service sits on the ridge where an observer called, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" and then had 45 seconds left to live. The volcano that destroyed much of one face of the... More 

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