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Mount St. Helens

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Address: WA 98649
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+1 503-245-1428
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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If you find yourself in the area, or have an extra day visiting Seattle, the 2.5 hour drive to the Mt. St. Helen's observatory is well worth it. I promise you that you will see... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2016
Gary S
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

If you find yourself in the area, or have an extra day visiting Seattle, the 2.5 hour drive to the Mt. St. Helen's observatory is well worth it. I promise you that you will see things here that you cannot see anywhere else. The eruption occurred over 35 years ago and yet you can still see evidence of the enormous... More 

3 Thank Gary S
Witham, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We decided to see Mt St Helens from The Windy Ridge Viewpoint. This means driving on National First roads, nearly all of a good standard, to get there. The final 8 miles or so to get to the viewing point are worth the drive in themselves with stunning views. Then you get to the viewing point and you get to... More 

2 Thank peterthetraveller98
Eureka, California
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71 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Our family came from the south, along highway 503, and we entered from the Ape Cave location. We couldn't have been more please! If somebody is not amazed and bedazzled by the nature we are lucky to see, they are spoiled and you should not consider their reviews too highly. We visited in August 2016, the skies were clear and... More 

2 Thank Sharonisawesome
Sebring, Florida
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

I was absolutely surprised at the interesting nature of this location. Johnston ridge observatory is a must. The FREE guide talks and the walk areas around are worth it. Definitely get food and gas before leaving the main highway headed here. There is a food truck in the parking lot only. Pets discouraged (small designated areas only). Beautiful drive through... More 

1 Thank Laura C
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 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.

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

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 

2 Thank Tess W
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

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 

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Reviewed 22 September 2016 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 

3 Thank Hyllbylly
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305 reviews
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

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 

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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

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 

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