- Site of the most deadly volcanic eruption in American history
- In-depth guide from a qualified naturalist guide
On March 20, 1980, following a major earthquake, Mount St. Helens, a huge active volcano 100 miles south of Seattle, began to show signs of impending eruption. A few weeks later a devastating collapse took place, killing dozens of people and caused immense damage. The shape of the mountain was transformed, the crater now horseshoe-shaped, and Mount St. Helens was firmly imprinted in the national consciousness. This fascinating Seattle gift experience takes you to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on the edge of the blast zone, just five miles from the crater.
Learn the dramatic story of that fateful event, as well as interesting facts about volcanos, and the efforts of those who try to predict eruptions. You’ll walk the Eruption Trail to follow the lava flow and see how the landscape was forever changed, as well as the results of a major reforestation process. At the centre, state-of-the-art interpretative displays explain how and why the volcano erupted so violently. This is one of the great Seattle day-trip ideas, absolutely fascinating, with a highly knowledgeable guide and breathtaking scenery, with an active volcano for a formidable backdrop.