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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

Castle Rock, WA
+1 360-274-5200
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Nice drive on your way to the observatory

Actually, it's the only to the observatory. Nonetheless, it's a nice drive through the forests and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Peachtree City, Georgia
Beautiful Drive

It seemed like there was a more beautiful vista around every bend. It's really interesting... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
fernandina Beach, Florida, USA
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A broad scenic route stretching from I-5 right through the Mount St. Helens blast area.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Castle Rock, WA
+1 360-274-5200
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Actually, it's the only to the observatory. Nonetheless, it's a nice drive through the forests and then the views expand as you get closer to the volcano. We thought we'd be going up a really rough country road and were pleasantly surprised to find a...More

Thank MidLifeCrisisGreg
Reviewed 6 days ago

It seemed like there was a more beautiful vista around every bend. It's really interesting country-side, good road and anticipation of seeing Mt. St. Helen's. Mt. St. Helen's was astounding. The force of nature that created what is left of the mountain staggers the imagination....More

Thank fitza44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing highway with views in every direction. There are several bridges and switch backs which need attention. With the mountain peeking around corners as you ascend, it may be easy to glance away. Since the altitude climb is up to 4,000+ feet...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't often rate highway drives 5 stars, but the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is deserving. The road is in excellent shape with an extra lane for some of the uphill sections so that you can get by the slower RVs that ply this road....More

Thank County-Hunter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a sunny day and a beautiful drive. You can still see some of the mud flow and eruption damage along the river from 1980!

Thank Debbie T
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Definitely a must do if you like scenic vistas from a beautiful highway. Definitely a nice drive! Wildlife in the form of deer and elk were present along the highway on the day if our visit.

Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth the time and some great views. An absolute must for this part of the country. Easy driving even for someone who normally drives on the correct side of the road (the left). Must do the interpretive centre before the drive.

Thank Ed L
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Destroyed in the 1980 eruption, the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is a great route up to Mt. St. Helens. The viewing areas along the way are plentiful, clean, and well-maintained.

Thank wbsnider69
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Don't miss out on the views from the bridge. You can gaze out over the natural canyons and wonder that Washington state has to offer. The drive is great but the views are even better

Thank Travis H
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is a beautiful drive on a very good highway. Lots of stop off points for pictures or relaxation. Views of the river are breathtaking. You won't regret taking this road trip.

Thank Yodatravel
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