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Seattle: St. Helens National Monument Small Group Tour

1. Seattle: St. Helens National Monument Small Group Tour

Mount Saint Helen's is a volcano that forever lives in the minds of Americans and the world. During the events that surrounded the 1980 eruption, lives changed in an instant, and the mountaintop's geography was forever altered. Today, you can experience this unique volcano and all the flora and fauna that makes this impressive reforestation project so dramatic. You will arrive with your guide to the blast-zone, just 5 miles from the crater at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Here, you can snap some photos of the mountain while your naturalist tells the story of that fated day. You'll also learn interesting and unique facts about this and other volcanoes and their ever-changing faces. After being outside, you'll head into the center's state-of-the-art interpretive displays and theater, where you can discover the volcano in a whole new way. You will walk on the Eruption Trail and learn how the eruption shaped the surrounding landscape.

Portland: The Mt. St. Helens Adventure Tour

2. Portland: The Mt. St. Helens Adventure Tour

Spend a full day crawling, climbing, and hiking with your professional guide as you experience Oregon's natural surroundings up close. Travel north of Portland along the lower Columbia River, known for 18th-century Spanish, American, and British explorers, and the Chinookan people. Crawl through a lava tree mold during a 20-minute hike in a landscape reminiscent of a fairy-tale amusement park, before beginning your descent into Ape Cave, one of the longest continuous lava tubes in North America. Spend 1-2.5 hours exploring this cave, named for a purported Sasquatch attack. Weather permitting, you will spend an hour at the closest viewpoint into the crater of the volcano, where you will eat a picnic lunch, overlooking Spirit Lake. Here, if there are no clouds, walk up the 437-step staircase to get a photo of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and of course, Mt. St. Helens. Before returning to Portland, you'll make additional 5-to-30-minute stops to enjoy vistas, hike through oldgrowth forest, and admire a waterfall. Throughout the day you'll learn about the geological history that shaped Mt. St. Helens and the Cascadia region.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11 reviews

No stress and no hassle one day tour all inclusive

This smaller size group is complete and includes extra to both way rides, fresh pressed coffee, all day snacks and beverages including flat water and mineralized water. Lunch is a real picinic with local ingredients home made lunch with the wine. The guide is highly professional and takes the time in the morning to bring us in a trail to introduce all indigenous and local plants while explaining their role. He also takes the time to present a simplified geological context of the area.

· Good organization.

· The individual activities run smoothly · Very competent support from the local tour guide (Natascha). · Very informative. · The tour is definitely to be recommended. The only downer was the not very good lunch from a European perspective. The American participants in the tour had no problem with that.

Well coordinated with a personal touch

No mass processing like with a cheaper competitor, but in a smaller group with a personal touch and good food.

Perfect organization and a very friendly and experienced guide