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Johnston Ridge Visitor Center

Toutle, WA
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Toutle
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Named for the geologist killed in the blast, this tourist center offers informational displays on the history of the volcano as well as a spectacular... more » Owner description: Named for the geologist killed in the blast, this tourist center offers informational displays on the history of the volcano as well as a spectacular view of the crater. « less
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Superior, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The visitor center is not worth the $8 a person fee. The videos were terrible. The free view point below is better site. Also the visitor center run by the paper company down the road closer to the beginning was better and had a more interesting video and better information.

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Vancouver, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great interpretive center with lots of knowledgeable folks available to answer questions. Watch the movies for a better understanding of what happened there on May 18, 1980. No food in the center but there is a food cart in the parking lot.

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Kalama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This NPS looks right into the crater of M.S.H. We happened to go on a clear day in June and did a little hiking as well as listened to the Ranger Talk and Theater Presentation. There's NO CAMPING anywhere near the crater. A great picnicking area is a few miles down from here at Coldwater Lake.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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82 reviews 82 reviews
5 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

this is our 1st time in the area & we knew we had to see Mt St Helens. we stopped at the gift store/visitor center on the way. the staff were very friendly & helpful. then the drive, although it felt a long way....was worth the time. we were impressed by the regrowth as well as what was left behind.... More

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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Mount St. Helens is a testament to the power of nature and the resilience of flora and fauna. Johnston Ridge provides a great view of the mountain and is a great place to learn about volcanoes and nature.

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Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

No better place to view Mount St. Helens, the destruction and history of the May 1980 event. The weather wasn't great the day we visited but still worth the drive.

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Olympia, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a surefire winner for younguns and oldsters alike. Hands on learning activities, ranger talks, theater shows to learn the process and history of Mt. St. Helen's 1980 explosion, hikes if you want or resting areas just to stare at the blown out side of the volcano. No way NOT to be impressed here.

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Boston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The $8.00 admission fee is so worth the visit. Please go and support the Center. The drive is mysterious because for the entire drive you can't see the end! The movie shown was a little too loud for our tastes but worth watching. The walk up to the observation deck and other trails are easily managed by people of many... More

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Port Clinton, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Be sure to stop and see the regrowth of the area. Each time it changes so you can never visit too many times.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Even after 30+ years, you can still very much see where the volcano's eruption occurred and the damage done. This visitor center sits only 5 miles from the crater and has a lot to show and teach. The views are awe-inspiring and the history, stories shown, movies and the topographic table add to the whole experience. It takes a good... More

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