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Mount St. Helens

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As featured in Daytrips from Seattle
Ranked #25 of 1,297 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

truly a must visit for anyone going to the Pacific northwest. To witness the area after the eruption is something to behold. At the observatory you can look down into the crater. The power of nature at first hand.

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Yonkers, New York, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My husband and I took the drive to Mt. St. Helen's during the Portland, OR leg of our honeymoon. It was a bit of a drive, but worth every minute! We unfortunately did not get to see the view without clouds at the top of the volcano, but the drive alone was worth the trip. We stopped at every viewpoint... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I had an awesome visit to Mt St Helens on a guided tour. We stopped at various points on the way. The scenery is gorgeous!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We chose to go to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. It's about a one hour drive from the I 5 but the scenery, especially the last 20 minutes, is absolutely breathtaking. Admission to the observatory was $ 8 for adults, children up to 15 go free of charge. There's a movie about the eruption that was ok and the exhibits were... More

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Germantown, MD
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111 reviews 111 reviews
42 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I think the 47 mile drive one way to Mount St. Helen was worth doing once in your life or perhaps even every 10 years to see what has changed. It is a long drive past some towns and then great views of the valleys and hummocks below there. There was a mini original Silver Lake visitor center (you have... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The drive up to the observatory is spectacular. The history behind the mountain is even more amazing. The views, history, and environment = wow.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our plan was to go to the lower Lewis waterfall and we ending up getting lost, so we decided to head up to Mt. St. Helens instead. There're many view point that people can stop. We stop at Spirit Lake and the lake is beautiful color of dark blue. We got up to the top and they had a show... More

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Temple Terrace, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
57 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Mount St. Helens has not one but four visitors' centers and stopping at each one gives you the total picture of the volcano and its history. The first center offers an overview of the mountain and the forces that have led to its creation and eruptions. Stop and see the film here. There is also a nice walking path behind... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

amazing views with a wonderfull story . well worth the drive up with breathtaking views and scenery. the visitor centre was very informative the guides told the story of what happened in a easy listening manner but kept you totally informed

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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Drive to the visitors center... for sure hike the trail, relax, enjoy the scenery & history of this place. Be patient & those clouds over the summit will most likely move for that perfect picture.

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