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“A must see”
Review of Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens
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US$259.64*
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Private Mount Saint Helens Monument Day Trip
Ranked #27 of 2,803 things to do in Washington
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

I had an awesome visit to Mt St Helens on a guided tour. We stopped at various points on the way. The scenery is gorgeous!

2  Thank Michele P
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Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

We chose to go to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. It's about a one hour drive from the I 5 but the scenery, especially the last 20 minutes, is absolutely breathtaking. Admission to the observatory was $ 8 for adults, children up to 15 go free of charge. There's a movie about the eruption that was ok and the exhibits were interesting - our children (8 and 12) enjoyed themselves. There's no real food or drink to buy at any of the visitor's centers (just snacks), so bring your own food and have it at one of the rest areas (you can't bring food or drink into the Observatory area) or stop for food in Castle Rock before you go up the mountains. If you like gift shops, the one at the Coldwater Center is far better than the one at Johnston's Ridge (admission to the Coldwater Center is free - the exhibit there was closed when we went there, so I can't say whether it was good or not). We had a great day with fabulous views and lovely, fresh air!
/The Strom family from Eslöv, Sweden

6  Thank Martin S
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

I think the 47 mile drive one way to Mount St. Helen was worth doing once in your life or perhaps even every 10 years to see what has changed. It is a long drive past some towns and then great views of the valleys and hummocks below there. There was a mini original Silver Lake visitor center (you have to pay to see the film) with a gift shop and bathrooms (no real food). Then you drive the 47 miles to the another visitor center there and pay the admission fee (around $16). I think it closes at 6:00 pm. There are two movies to see and a ranger talk plus lots of photos and some exhibits. The people who lived through the eruption's pictures and stories were interesting. The day we went, there were clouds covering Mt. St. Helens the entire time, so we could not see the volcano. We could see the water, the green, and wild flowers growing which was pretty.

There was no food or drinks available to buy, so make sure you bring your own. The drive to/from the visitor center was nice with some lovely scenary along the road with some areas to pull over (no picnic tables).

4  Thank GodLovesYou
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

The drive up to the observatory is spectacular. The history behind the mountain is even more amazing. The views, history, and environment = wow.

1  Thank actimpano
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Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

Our plan was to go to the lower Lewis waterfall and we ending up getting lost, so we decided to head up to Mt. St. Helens instead. There're many view point that people can stop. We stop at Spirit Lake and the lake is beautiful color of dark blue. We got up to the top and they had a show about how the mountain. We decided to head up the stairs and the view from up there was breathtaking. It's worth the hike up.

3  Thank Chanthon K
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