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Mount St. Helens

WA 98649
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Ranked #26 of 1,381 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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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Never disappointing...this is such a beautiful and interesting excursion. I highly recommend you approach the mountain from Highway 504 (rather than 503) so you can see the site from Johnston Observatory. Sadly, it was 45 degrees and raining the second time we visited, so the mountain was partially enveloped in a cloud, but the little movie was more interesting this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This active Volcano is a must see for travelers in Washington State a three hour drive from Portland.

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Salem, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day. Many places to stop and get info of the area. Ended up at Johnson Ridge visitor center where we learned of the many aspects of the mountain. I got a chance to compare pictures I had from the early seventies when I climbed the mountain, man what a difference. Really brought back some memories.... More

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Salford, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
21 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My brother, my mother, 73, and aunt, 65, visited the East side of Mt St Helen's in early September this year. Rented a Chevy Camaro convertible (with Heads-Up Display/NAV system, temperature indicator) and it was a great choice considering the roads are curvy, with many blind corners, hills (hard on brakes) and temperature changes (68 to 90). It probably took... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

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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35 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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3 attraction reviews
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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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