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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601
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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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Gilmer, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was quite breathtaking, to be so close to something that created such a terrific explosion on May 18, 1980. The Observatory is only a few years old, but it offers you a breathtaking view of the mountain, a movie of what happened in 1980, a very nice Gift Shop and many demos and illustrations of volcanic activity. It is... More

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Recently visited Mt St H on the way back from camping in Olympic NP. I was skeptical that it would be worth the extra drive since I'd seen other volcanoes before. But I was pleasantly surprised. I came in from the west on 504 (Spirit Lake Highway) from Interstate 5. Initially as I drove in, it was overcast and misty... More

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Malden, Missouri
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101 reviews 101 reviews
61 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

During a recent visit to the NW we spent a half a day here. We have always been interested in this place but never had the chance to see it up close. It was cloudy when we arrived in the morning and you couldn't see the crater but as the day went on it began to appear and by the... More

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new orleans
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

You may think that the Mt St Helens Nat'l Volcanic Monument is a place you just want to bypass on a trip into Washington state. That would be a mistake. It is only about an hour's drive after exiting I-5 at Castle Rock (exit 49) onto HWY 504 to the Johnson Ridge Observatory and Visitor Center. It has been 34... More

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Yokneam Moshava
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207 reviews 207 reviews
164 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This time I approached the mighty Mt. St. Helens from the south, crossing the Columbia river from Oregon to Washington through the "Bridge of the Gods" near Stevenson, and then taking the scenic Windy River route all the way to the north where it meets the road that goes to the Swift Reservoir and also to Randle and towards Mt.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is about 45 mins North of Portland, and then about 1 hr (straight driving time) from the Silver Lake Visitor's Center up to Johnson Ridge Observation Center. Worth the trip. Silver Lake center is a good place to start - see the video - think it's $5 (we happened to be there on the 34th Anniversary Day so everything... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I was a kid, 8 years old when Mt. St. Helens below on a Sunday, May 18, 1980 and it fell over Yakima, WA. I will never forget the darkness that fell that car headlights could not penetrate. No way to see where you were, what lane you were in. It took me 25 years before I actually visited the... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

A really awesome way to spend a couple hours! Make sure to stop by the visitor center to become acquainted with the events that occurred. I was here many years ago, shortly after the eruption and it's amazing how the area has recovered. The boardwalks at the lake are pleasant and the views throughout the area are amazing.

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Puyallup, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is such a unique experience. We hiked as well as doing nearby horseback riding. What you see helps you to lay hold of how fast things happen. You'll see geological formations that look like a mini Grand Canyon. Rather than the prevailing thought of millions of years to form such things, St. Helens areas was transformed in seconds, minutes... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

amazing view... dont wanna miss! went with my family when we were visiting family in 2011... such a view and the history and how much it has changed since the fateful day in 1980.

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