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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Address: 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601
Phone Number: 360-449-7800
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Amboy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Volcanos, Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Owner description: This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of...
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Volcanos, Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt. St. Helen's spectacular eruption in 1980.
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Yelm, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Went there once, a tourist trap with buses, million cars...yikes...instead of going here take highway 12 east to Randle Washington, turn right on Kosmos rd...there will be a sign telling you to turn to get to Mt St. Helens/windy ridge. Follow the signs....You drive thru beautiful forrests and then when you turn a corner...BAM you can see where Mt St.... More 

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Schenectady, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place is an awesome testimony to nature's forces. This particular viewing area makes you feel like you are in the center of it all. It is worth the drive but be prepared to drive 30 + miles into the park. It is a beautiful drive. Great walking trails to explore the surrounding area. The visitor center is full of... More 

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Petal, Mississippi
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35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Anyone who thinks they might be interested in geology ~must~ visit Mt Saint Helens . Of course most recall the events of 1980 when peaceful Mount Saint Helens exploded into American history. Visiting the area is astounding testimony to the power of Earth science at work. The visitor's center itself has some great films and exhibits to this fascinating mountain.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Very interesting place. A different feeling from those volcano in Hawaii. You see the power and destruction force of nature here.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a great attraction. You get a feel for the awesome power of nature and the facility, rangers, views, drive up, etc. are spectacular. Really enjoyable and educational and it's a good chance to get the kids out and moving. It's not, however, the highest priority on a short trip. I'd visit on a longer trip, but might skip... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Our last visit to Mount St. Helens in the 90’s predated the Johnston Ridge Observatory and a recent visit to the area brought with it a desire to see just how things have changed in 20+ years. Other than the new (to us) observatory, which affords an even better view than the previous site, very much looks the same. Of... More 

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Highland Park, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Absolutely breathtaking, we had no idea how wonderful this was going to be. A must-see if you're anywhere nearby. The park service has done a terrific job with the educational programs and maintaining the region. Skip the first few Visitor Centers and go straight to the final one at the Monument. Truly spectacular.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Johnstone Ridge visitor's center is well done and well worth the 2+ hour drive off the highway. That is, unless you're afraid of heights. If you are, skip this attraction and just visit the center just off the highway. The bridges are scary. The drive itself affords spectacular views of the damaged areas. I suspect all of the areas... More 

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Riverton, Utah
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Although not a large park, I have never been to a bad national park. They all all so unique. It was very interesting. Be sure to stop at the forest service vistors center also, it was very informative. There are also trails that you can hike if you have the time.

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Portland, Oregon
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

What a great view of the crater, and the regional mountains - Rainer, Adams, Hood, and the rest of the 'smaller' Cascades. The destruction caused by the volcano 20+ years ago is still amazing to see.

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