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Mount St. Helens

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Address: WA 98649
Phone Number: 5032451428
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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I remember the actual event and how awesome it seemed at the time. But until one visits, it is difficult to get a full understanding of what actually occurred. I'd suggest one... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
BobbyGolfs
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I remember the actual event and how awesome it seemed at the time. But until one visits, it is difficult to get a full understanding of what actually occurred. I'd suggest one of the ranger talks as well. I learned that it wasn't an eruption in the classic sense and moreover, I learned that what the experts anticipated in terms... More 

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Grampians, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove in to Jacksons Ridge. The drive was spectacular looking down into the valley where much of the original mud flows went. Arriving at the visitor centre you have great views of the mountain and a stack of educational support including Ranger talks and computer generated re-enactments of the 1980 explosion. Fascinating to see the reforming and natural revegetation... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The sheer scale of the explosion and eruptions of the 1980s can only be dreamed of until you get up close to the actual site. We were a little unlucky with our journey as the roadway to the Mt was being resurfaced so instead of the usual 45 minute drive up the journey took more than twice as long. Despite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Long drive from civilization; make sure that you fill gas and have enough food and water with you. Try to visit on a clear day to get the best views. Breathtaking drive up with lots of viewpoints, good video about the history of the eruption, and short trail to hike up for a sample of the longer trail experience. Take... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I would highly recommend making the drive up Mount St Helens. We went on a cloudy day that just covered the peak. But there were times when the clouds were rolling over the crater creating a spectacular effect. There are several visitor centers on the way up that are worth stopping at, as well as hiking trails along the way.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went about six miles round trip down the boundary trail from Johnston's visitors center. It was interesting to see how trees fell uphill along the route. One portion about 1 and 3/4 miles down is a narrow cliff edge trail that would probably not be suitable for small children or anyone afraid of heights. The trail is dry, treeless,... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive up to the Johnston Observatory overlooking Mount St. Helens is a little more than 2 hours from Portland. It was well worth the time spent driving Hwy 504 out to the Observatory. I stopped at every viewpoint and overlook opportunity to gaze at the gorgeous vistas of the volcano. There were multiple opportunities to stop for souvenirs and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even with a long RV, it's absolutely worth (and no problem at all) to drive all the way up on SR504 to the Johnston Ridge Observatory Visitor Center, where an interesting exhibition, an informative movie and last but not least breathtaking views invite to spend a few hours.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great way to spend a morning or entire day. The drive in the car gets progressively better once you leave the interstate. Some early August road works slowed the progress a little so beware until the end of the month, but it's nothing to stop you. Stunning views, amazing story and something that should not be missed between Seattle... More 

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Mount St. Helens as part of a visit to Seattle in July 2016. Travelling as a family of 4 (kids aged 16 and 6). The drive from Seattle is about 85 miles but takes around 3 hours as the latter part of the trip is climbing a very long and windy mountain road. We drove as far as... More 

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