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Mount St. Helens

WA 98649
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As featured in Daytrips from Seattle
Ranked #18 of 1,337 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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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
16 helpful votes 16 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
42 helpful votes 42 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Victoria BC
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78 reviews 78 reviews
78 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We have been to Mount St. Helens twice before in the summers of 2002 and 2006. The first time, we visited all three visitor centers (main, Coldwater and Johnston) and got great views of the mountain. The second time, we only went as far as Coldwater and still got great views then as well. Now we decided to make our... More

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Denton, Texas
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119 reviews 119 reviews
50 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

What a fab view this is! There are guided hikes and talks at the visitors center. Well worth the price. Its a good idea to bring your own food as there is not much of anything to buy. There was a food truck there when we were there but my goodness they prices were high!!!!!! Breath taking views of this... More

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I've seen all the videos and photos of the eruption and its aftermath and know quite a bit about the destructive power of a volcanic eruption. However, actually being in the blast zone, looking into the crater and the steaming (and growing) lava dome, brings a completely new appreciation of what a volcano can do. Just the distances involved are... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had visited Mount St. Helen's in 1992. Today's experience was much more! The Johnson Observatory has a diorama of what actually happened when Mount St. Helen's erupted, showing how the area's citizens were affected. New bridges had to be built. Weyerhauser has an excellent museum in the area, and volunteers tell about them planting 18 million seedlings, all of... More

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Duisburg, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Even though the weather turned out horrible on our trip to the mountain top, we did not regret driving up. The extremely impressive power of nature might even have been more powerful this way. The drive up to Windy Ridge itself is an adventure - you seem to be driving through an enchanted forest with all the lichen-covered trees and... More

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