We visited Seattle in September and rented a car to drive south to see the volcano. We were not disappointed. The sun was out and the view from Johnston Ridge was amazing. There was seam coming from the creator. The National Park Service provided periodic educational presentations that described the geologic history of Mt. Saint Helens. Inside the visitors center there was a film about the eruption and the effects of the lava flow which was excellent. To enter the visitors center there was a small fee. On the road to Johnston Ridge there are two other visitor centers that also have information on the mountain if you want more information prior to arriving at Johnston Ridge.
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