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“Amazing!!!”
Review of Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle
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$259.64*
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Private Mount Saint Helens Monument Day Trip
Ranked #70 of 2,699 things to do in Washington
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: While access to the still-steaming crater is forbidden, tourists flock to see what remains of this famous volcano.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Ferndale, Washington
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5 reviews
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“Amazing!!!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We had a great time. It was a long drive to the Johnston Observatory but it is worth it. There is no food in the building but there is a stand outside to get hot food. There is an eyewitness account of the eruption in a presentation that is shown and with all the rumblings, it was truly frightful. We listened to a ranger talk which was very interesting then went on a short walk. My daughter was too tired to go any further. There was a total of 4 Visitor Centers that one can visit. We only went to the one but plan to come back to see the others. So much to see and not enough time.

Visited August 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
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“Visit Mt. St Helens”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Boundary trail is fun. Schedule 6+ hours for it. Possible with kids too, just be prepared to turn around before they get impatient. The North side shows the crater and lava dome, the south entrance drives upto the Lava Canyon and the Lahar views. They are all spectacular. The Lava Canyon is about 1.5 miles round trip. we did the basic loop, but I imagine that hiking along side the canyon is fun and adventurous - not recommended with kids though. Kelso is a great place to stay. REd Lion is the best in the area to stay overnight.

Visited August 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Views!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

It was a long drive from seattle to Mount St Helens but it was definitely worth it. There are many visitor centre's along the way and we stopped at many of them. It gives you a chance to really understand the significance of the mountain and what happened. The shows that the centre's put on are great and really interesting.
There are lots of different hikes that you can go on, some easier than others.
The views were spectacular from all of the viewing points!
Definitely worth a visit!

Visited August 2013
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Madison, South Dakota
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“Go to several visitor centers to really understand what you are seeing”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Mount St Helens eruption gives us the opportunity to witness the sheer power of the forces of nature and the devastation they can cause many decades later. Just seeing the surreal "lunar" landscape near the volcano is impressive, but to truly understand what you are viewing it is really useful to spend some time at a couple of the visitor centers along the way. As you leave Castle Rock on WA504 the first one you come to is run by the State of WA. It is the oldest and its exhibits are a bit tired, but it has, by far, the best explanation of the events that led up to the eruption and the science behind them. The "official" Forest Service visitor center at Johnston Observatory has the best, glitzy video but doesn't have a lot of information to convey besides it. The forestry visitor center just west of the observatory promotes itself as being the only free one; well, you get what you pay for. Don't be discouraged if the video feed at the WA State center shows the mountain top is covered by clouds; most likely you will see and learn plenty even if you can't see the top.

Visited August 2013
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Port Moody, Canada
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“An amazing sight”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We spent the day driving up to Johnson's observatory. The visitor centers were informative, well layed out and enjoyable. It was wonderful to watch the Mountain grow bigger as we approached. The volunteers at the visitor centers were knoweldgeable and friendly. It was fun to hear about the elk and their return to the area. It was wonderful to watch the Mountain grow bigger as we approached. And we enjoyed the short film at the Johnston Ridge Observatory and the winding trails around it. Well worth the time and money.

Visited August 2013
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