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Mount St. Helens

WA 98649
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Ranked #22 of 1,069 Attractions in Washington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Mountaineering, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Owner description: While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists...
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Type: Mountains, Volcanos, Outdoors
Activities: Mountaineering, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to see what remains of this famous volcano.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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212 reviews 212 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We drove by coming from Mt Rainier on the way back to Portland. The road 504 to the mountain was super icy, so we couldn't make it all the way to the end of the road. It was freezing temp too so not spent too much time outside the car, but the outlook is really impressive. Need to come again... More 

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Wisconsin
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Lots of things to do in and around the area. They have a few nice viewing stops along with national park facilities. Nice place to send a couple of days walking around and exploring. Be prepared if from the Midwest. The air is slightly thinner, and we were getting a little dizzy while walking around the nature trails.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

When you see the before and after pictures of Mt St Helens, you can really appreciate the magnitude of the force to rip the top and side off of a mountain. There is still the scared earth visible from the overlook, along with some scattered trees that look like Lincoln logs. The observation area is quite a ways away from... More 

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Rock Hill, SC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit Mt. St. Helens during a work trip and it was absolutely amazing. The 5 minute movie at the Johnston Observatory was very educational and informational explaining the history of the volcanic mountain. We were lucky to have a clear day to walk around the Observatory grounds and take very beautiful pictures of Mt. St.... More 

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Elm Mott, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

When we started the three+ hour drive from Seattle, it was raining and predicted to rain all day. It was still raining when we parked at Johnston Observatory. After we walked into the building and paid the entrance fee it stopped raining, the sky cleared and we could see all of Mount St. Helens. Amazing. The audio-visual was excellent. The... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

For the folks who work with Erth* energies they must find this place overwhelming. Overwhelming not in a bad way. Overwhelming in the sense that because of their attunement to these energies, they must find the forces beneath this land incomprehensively omnipotent. Evidence of the power brooding below is still present on the surface of the land 34 years after... More 

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Finger Lakes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We went up the back side of Mt St Helens on NF-99. Not on Route 504 off of Interstate 5. What a powerful experience it was too! The complete devastation of the eruption is still visible. It was a very scary narrow road, with no guard rails, and huge cracks in it, winding up along the mountain with its twist... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Never disappointing...this is such a beautiful and interesting excursion. I highly recommend you approach the mountain from Highway 504 (rather than 503) so you can see the site from Johnston Observatory. Sadly, it was 45 degrees and raining the second time we visited, so the mountain was partially enveloped in a cloud, but the little movie was more interesting this... More 

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pune
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This active Volcano is a must see for travelers in Washington State a three hour drive from Portland.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day. Many places to stop and get info of the area. Ended up at Johnson Ridge visitor center where we learned of the many aspects of the mountain. I got a chance to compare pictures I had from the early seventies when I climbed the mountain, man what a difference. Really brought back some memories.... More 

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