- 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
- Downtown Seattle hotel pickup and drop-off included
What You Can Expect
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.
- 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.
I got to see my favourite volcano, had delicious food, an excellent and knowledgeable guide and a glass of wine. Pretty much my perfect day!
Marty was our naturalist. Marty is highly skilled , educational and took care of us!! We learned about the entire area and the mountain. We stopped at peaceful places for Breakfast and lunch . We picked blackberries and apples at one of our stops . The food was Delicious. My st Helens was A highlight of the trip. Well done Marty!!
Terrific guide - in all a great trip and learning experience.
An excellent day, very friendly well informed guide and well worth it
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 ;))
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
This was an exceptional tour; our guide, Marty, was very knowledgeable and polite to everyone in the group. He allowed us plenty of time at each stop. The morning tea and the lunch were tasty and healthful. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
This tour was fantastic! Our small group of three was the only group of people on the tour which allowed us to customize our experience spending as little and as much time at visitor centers and on the trail near the volcano. Danny, our tour guide, was engaging, extremely knowledgeable, laid back, and fun to be around. The food provided is amazing AND you get your choice of red or white local Washington State wine with your gourmet lunch -- this is not a PB and J sandwich type of tour! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who doesn't want to be lost in a crowd of tourists.
The only thing that I would change is finding an alternate lunch/picnic location indoors for bad weather. It was in the 30's and difficult because I have Raynaud's disease which causes compromised circulation cold weather.
Terrific experience! Tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided comfortable trip and fantastic lunch.