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Mount St. Helens

WA 98649
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Ranked #24 of 1,349 Attractions in Washington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Salford, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
19 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We travelled from Portland to Mt. St Helens in late September, having read a lot online about the 1980 eruption and the devastation it caused. We chose to use the route which includes the Johnstone Ridge Visitor Centre and Coldwater Lake. The roads were very clear, great news for us after a two hour drive and this meant we had... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

On a beautiful sunny day we decided to drive to mount St helens. We started from Seattle in the morning. Our first stop was at the Forest information centre. I know nothing about forestry and the little amount I learned there was really interesting. We continued to the Mount St. Helens observatory. What a beautiful place. We didn't even feel... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

What an amazing place to see natures power. Windy Ridge area is a great place to view the volcano. Drive up there is a bit scary with no guard rails and sheer drop offs. Worth the 18 mile drive. Great views of the devastation caused by the eruption.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Short drive from Seattle. Views of Mount St.Helens from visitor center is amazing. There is a video about the history of last volcano eruption -its an interesting watch. There is an entry fee of $8 per person, however, if you have National Park passes, the fee is waived for up to 3 adults. There are several hikes which offers views... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Called in on way from Seattle to Portland,good roads all the way lovely scenery but it's 40 miles off the I 5 each way. There is only a truck doing food at the mountain ,if you want more stop earlier. The mountain is special and so are the helpful rangers who work . there worth a trip and as long... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Hot on the days we visited...lots of people visiting...many countries represented, the very young and old....the visitor and information centers are all accessible by wheel chair. There is a great movie at Johnson Ridge...named after a volcanologist who died there when the mountain blew its top almost 35 years ago.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As seeing Mount St. Helens is an all-day undertaking, it would be best to start out in the morning and make this your only activity of the day. The one road into Johnston Ridge Observatory is also the only way back to any major road and there are plenty of worthwhile pull-outs and stops along the route. Once at the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We had booked accommodation nearby so we could spent at least half a day there in August. As it turned out the weather wasn't great that day - variable rain and clouds. We drove all the way, and when we got to visitor center for viewing the crater, it rained and was cloudy. Nothing to see, only got soaking wet.... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I drove out from Seattle when I was visiting there and it was well, well worth the drive. It was the highlight of my whole trip. Just an awe-inspiring view of a volcano that blew its top. The devastation it caused is still evident by the rotting stumps of the trees that were snapped like twigs during the explosion. Take... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A neat place to see a historic and still active volcano! The visitors center is top notch but charges you to enter. A nice day trip with great views and all kinds of new growth trees that are clearly marked.

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