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Mount St. Helens

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Address: WA 98649
Phone Number: 5032451428
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to...

While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to see what remains of this famous volcano.

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Be careful which road you choose to try and enter the park: they do not connect and it is difficult to get to the other side.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Julie W
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Be careful which road you choose to try and enter the park: they do not connect and it is difficult to get to the other side.

Thank Julie W
United Kingdom
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a long-awaited visit for my husband. Reminders about a full tank of gas from other travellers are to be taken seriously. It is a long drive if you are going up to the observatory, but well worth it. We went on a cloudy, misty day from Portland. As we got closer to the top it was raining so... More 

Thank Tess W
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Go to Johnston Ridge observatory for facts of the 1980 eruption. Then walk to the point where you see mount Baker and the spirit lake too. It take 1 1/2 hour and you are reworded by a beautiful view of both mountains. The last app. 250 m are not recommended for children since it it very narrow and you DONT... More 

Thank T M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With relatives in town, I have been here twice in the last week. I lived in Washington during the 1980 eruption but had never been to see the volcano. Make sure you have a full tank of gas if going to the Johnston Observatory because it is over 50 miles east of Interstate 5 from Exit 49. There are four... More 

Thank Hyllbylly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

really cool information and amazing views! watch the movies. there are two. one is a re-enactment with cgi if you are into that sort of thing. the other is better IMO. more a documentary with a lot of original footage. a bit of a drive... we nearly ran out of gas due to prolonged waits for road work. but it... More 

Thank Gabrandall
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky to go on a perfectly sunny day. Stopped first at the Science and Learning Center about 10 miles before Johnston Ridge. The center(free of charge) had decent views of the mountain and a brief film and some educational exhibits. Traveled to the end of the road to Johnston Ridge Observatory. Awesome views of the volcano from the... More 

Thank GolferKen
Riverview, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Flew from Florida to Washington on the wrong week. It rained and when it didn't rain the cloud coverage was so thick you couldn't see a thing. The drive up was nice and I'd like to do it again some day. The only thing that makes no sense is after driving all the way up there for no other reason... More 

Thank John R
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Johnston Ridge is the place to go. It does have a fee of $8/adult, but it's absolutely worth it to hear the rangers explain the significance of the eruption and the stories behind some of the people who studied the volcano. If you have time, catch a ranger talk (20 minutes) where each ranger explains the event in their own... More 

Thank StayWithFriends
mims florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove from Mt Ranier en route to Crater Lake, a good 2 hour detour to reach National Memorial. The film does illustrate the 1980 eruption, and informs about volcanoes generally which we found helpful. The clouds over St Helens was less helpful. The NPS is very politically correct, it supports evolution and explains the Native American theories for happenings... More 

Thank gwgMimsFlorida
Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place nicely illustrates the power nature has. Recommend to watch the 15 minutes documentary - and you'll know what happened back in 1980...

Thank simonabroad

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