Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a fantastic homage to the massive eruption of the volcano in 1980. The monument is full of discoveries - from hiking to a fantastic observatory featuring education and information and stunning panoramic views.
How to Get To Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens is in the southernmost part of Washington, neighbours with the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and just north of Portland, Oregon. It's a 6 hour drive from Vancouver, a 4 hour drive from Seattle and a 2 hour drive from Portland, with the Portland International Airport being the closest.
Things to Do at Mount St. Helens
Johnston Ridge Observatory
This fantastic observatory is full of educational treats and informative exhibits about the history of Mount St. Helens and the massive eruption in May 1980. You can watch films, speak to experts, make your own seismic quake and watch in real-time the eruption occur on a massive to-scale recreation of the surrounding areas! From here, there are many hiking trails where you can peer into the crater and take in the stunning landscape.
True to its name, this lake is cold! It's a highly popular place for walking, exploring the boardwalk and electric boating, as well as picnicking in the afternoon sun.