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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Roanoke, Texas, United States
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Roanoke, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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Edmonton, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Well worth the drive to see the Mount St. Helens monument at the end of the road and the actual mountain itself. There is a great movie that they play and then at the end of the show they open up these large curtains and you get to see a panoramic view of the mountain. The best gift store to... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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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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131 helpful votes 131 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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