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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601
360-449-7800
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Amboy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Volcanos, National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt. St. Helen's spectacular eruption in 1980.
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Denver, Colorado
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146 reviews 146 reviews
31 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Obviously this place is awesome, it's the only word I can use to describe it. This was my second time visiting this place and I can't wait to go back. However when I left this time I felt very frustrated because I felt there was more that I wanted to do but we simply ran out of daylight! So, this... More

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Took a day trip up to Mt St Helens. I can see it from my home in Portland, but I was not ready for how dramatic it is. About 6 miles from the National center, you enter a zone that has not been reclaimed and signs warn you you are entering the "Blast Zone," a bit disconcerting! Everywhere you look... More

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Reno
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148 reviews 148 reviews
39 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Absolutely beautiful scenery and a fantastic facility. Make sure you watch the movie on the history of the mountain. Besides it being very informative and well done, when they open the curtains at the end you are looking directly at the mountain. Very impressive. If you are there during the snow season you should call the park number to see... More

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North Platte, Nebraska
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great roads and bridges. Great view of Mt. St. Helens. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip! For such a devastating happening, the community has pulled together and done a great job rebuilding.

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Leesburg, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We were visiting the Pacific northwest from our home in Florida. We felt we needed to see this piece of history for ourselves. We were staying in Portland OR but did this as a day trip. The drive was simple and scenic. Signage was excellent. We liked the various viewpoints and visitor centers that dotted the access road. The Visitors'... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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136 reviews 136 reviews
87 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I was impressed by how much this area has recovered from the devastating Eruption only 34 years ago. I took the trail to the base of the Volcano and saw the waterfall. The vegetation is recovering well and life is abounding here. I started early and had the trail to myself most of the time. When I returned the visitor... More

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The drive from Portland is Freeway until you turn off and head to the mountain along some curvy, two lane, well paved roads and through some very beautiful and diverse scenery. The drive is about 109 miles and 2 - 2 1/2 hours non stop....each direction that is! :-) Start early in the day. Have a full tank of gas... More

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Gotta say that although my trip here was quite sometime ago now, (though Tripadvisor does not seem to have a retrospective holiday review option). I remember it as one of the most awe inspiring places to visit. One minute your driving along some nice windy mountain roads then within a few hundred metres your in desolation. All the trees around... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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217 reviews 217 reviews
68 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We drove to Windy Ridge where you have a view of the eruption site, Spirit Lake and the total devastation. Hard to believe the eruption was over 30 years ago. On a clear day so you will also get views of Mt. Randall, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Ranier. Limited services on the ridge, but rangers do give talks about every... More

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seattle
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Visitors, Center helps prepare you for the immensity of what happened and the miracle of renewal. Take time to see the shows and exhibits, all of them, and ask questions of the guides. Then go to the Johnston Observatory, not only to see the crater, if you are lucky, but also the miraculous surroundings. I wish we had taken... More

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