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Mount St. Helens

WA 98649
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As featured in Daytrips from Seattle
Ranked #20 of 1,341 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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Hazlet
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121 reviews 121 reviews
94 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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Mentor, Ohio
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137 reviews 137 reviews
71 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The drive up to mount saint helens itself is outstanding. There are three visitor centers inside mount St Helens. They are all worth the time to visit. It is helpful to have good binoculars or a spotting scope. There are viewing scopes on the last two visitor centers. Make sure to watch for Roosevelt elk. We saw several. Also make... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We stopped at the first visitor centre and got a map and we were told where to take photos and the location of an easy 2.5mile hike (hommock? trail). However we weren't told that if we drove even further, there is another visitor centre that lets you look right into the volcano, see where the eruption took place and talk... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My family stopped at the visitor center while driving between Portland and Seattle. We watched a short film about the days leading up to the last eruption in 1980. We then decided to drive another 45 minutes to the observation center to get some better views. Boy were we glad we did! It was a beautiful drive, pretty easy and... More

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

What a fantastic place. Beautiful scenery, stunning landscape, well worth a visit. To get the full awe and wonder you need to walk up to the top. This is up steps cut into the mountain. There are a lot of them - an awful lot of them - and there are no handrails (though there is a bench about half... More

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Erie, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It was truly amazing to see the power of the eruption. There was a talk by a ranger at the visitor center nearest the mountain that was very entertaining and informational. There were some spots we couldn't visit because they were only open Saturday and Sunday. When you see the amount of the mountain that went up into the atmosphere,... More

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Brown
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Wanted to see this attraction because of watching it erupt as a 8 year old. Wonderful site to see. Unbelievable to see the distruction and renewal that has come out of the eruption. Beautiful scenery. Went early and caught the summitt not covered by clouds. Watch both of the movies at the Johnson Ridge center. Pass up the state park... More

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