5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Mount St Helens Volcano is a must-see attraction, and this small-group tour from Seattle is the ideal way to visit the national monument. A professional naturalist guide will take you to Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument in a luxury Mercedes van. Visit the observatory, go on an educational trail walk, and learn about the Volcano's infamous 1980 eruption. During the tour, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch accompanied with local Washington wines, in addition to light snacks and beverages throughout the day.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Mount St Helens Volcano National Monument from Seattle
  • Visit the observatory and go on a guided walk on the Eruption Trail
  • Enjoy a gourmet lunch, morning tea with pastries and light snacks
  • Small-group tour in a luxury Mercedes van ensures a personalized experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Mount St Helens Volcano from Seattle

Mount St Helens

Tour one of Seattle's top attractions, the impressive Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, on this full-day small-group tour. Your tour begins with hotel pickup and a light breakfast including pastries and hot beverages. Stop to take photos along the way as your naturalist guide tells you about the infamous volcanic eruption of 1980, which destroyed nearly 230 square miles (370 km) of forest and covered eastern Washington in volcanic ash. Learn about the ongoing reforestation project and discover how well the ecosystem is recovering from the eruption.

Arrive at the blast zone, located 5 miles (8 km) from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, and take in magnificent views of the steaming volcano. Your guide will share the magic of the geological events surrounding the 1980 eruption through a variety of stories and facts. The observatory's state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits portray how the landscape transformed, and how the eruption opened up a new scientific era of monitoring active volcanos and forecasting eruptions. Take a short walk on the Eruption Trail with your expert guide and admire views of the lava dome, crater, pumice plain and landslide deposit.

In the afternoon, enjoy a gourmet picnic consisting of fresh local food and wine. Snacks and drinks will also be provided throughout the tour. See the Itinerary section below for a sample menu.

Itinerary

Gourmet Picnic Lunch:
  • Organic and locally sourced
  • Includes a meat (such as grilled salmon or chicken), a grain salad (such as quinoa with roasted vegetables) and a green salad. Sometimes sandwiches or wraps as served in lieu of the meat dish. Vegetarian option available.
  • Local wine, Pellegrino water and sodas are included.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a great, personalised trip with a guide full of energy and knowledge. On time pick up, clean and comfortable, good home made food. A trip not to be missed. Thanks Shawna! (could have turned the seat warmers on earlier ;))

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Trip to Mt St Helen's was very memorable and a wonderful experience.
We certainly got our money's worth and I would highly recommend the trip to anyone.
Angie, our tour director was just great, a wealth of information and contributed to a great day.
Lunch was very enjoyable and Angie set it up beautifully.
We were fortunate to have good weather which enabled us to see the effects of the eruption in 1980 + how the area has recovered since e.g. flora and fauna......saw the little migrating frogs and saw and heard several birds. Again, Angie was very informative with her knowledge.
All in all we enjoyed a wonderful day, which will remain in our memories for a long time.
Bouquets to Angie, who gave us a great day and a comfortable trip with her excellent driving.
Ian and Mary Sept 2013

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