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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Address: 42218 NE Yale Bridge Rd, Amboy, WA 98601
Phone Number: 360-449-7800
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Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt...
This park is characterized by its dramatic landscape, the result of Mt. St. Helen's spectacular eruption in 1980.
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We have been telling ourselves that we need to visit Mount St. Helens NVM for many years. This year we said let's do it. We were glad we did. There are a number of visitor's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We have been telling ourselves that we need to visit Mount St. Helens NVM for many years. This year we said let's do it. We were glad we did. There are a number of visitor's centers to check out, but the Johnston Observatory is the most interesting, particularly because of the outstanding view of the mountain. We took a ranger... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I have followed the history of this volcano since 1980 and looked at it via the web cams. It still didn't prepare me for the sight of flying over and looking into the crater. Well worth the journey from the UK.

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placerville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Going up to the volcano it appears to just be a forested area. Then the turn happens and you see the whole of the volcano. The information center is great. Learned a lot of what happen that day.

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Oklahoma City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was my first visit to Mt. St. Helen's and the Johnston Observatory was excellent! It provided both interesting and informative views, videos and a ranger talk led by a ranger named Janet who is still enthusiastic about this site after a couple of years here. The film and the visual displays here were very well done.

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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I provided a more detailed review under a separate Mount St. Helens heading so see that one. I recommend east side to see Spirit Lake, but this is a much longer way to go.

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Aldergrove, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We drove up the "backside" of Mt St Helens stopping at the Ape Caves, Windy Ridge and all the viewpoints in between. The road gets a bit bumpy in parts so drive carefully. The views are amazing, and to see the destruction a volcano can do leaves you in awe. It's $5 for the parking pass so you can stop... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Breathtaking. The history of this explosion and to stand there and see the dwarfed mountain, is something to behold. When one reads about the accounts and puts all the pieces together you realize what a huge moment in history this was. Just a wow! Stunning! There aren't too many natural sites that tug at your heart strings and takes your... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Mt Saint Helens is a northwest must-see landmark. Not a glitzy tourist trap, this manument provides insight into the magnitude and size of the eruption. Very educational for the whole family. Do it!

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This park is just spectacular! Did the Windy Ridge hike, a walk around Meta Lake and the short hike at Lava Canyon. Wanted to do the Ape Caves, but it was already late in the day and I didn't have the necessary equipment, such as light. All of the stops were breathtakingly beautiful. Need to come back to explore further.

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Glendale, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My son wanted to see this after hearing about the eruption in 1980. Another great site and experience. You could spend the day there hiking and touring the Johnstons information center......and taking in the beauty of the volcano.

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