Mount St. Helens is the crown jewel of southwest Washington. Three world-class visitor centers - Johnston Ridge Observatory, Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center and Silver Lake Visitor Center - offer a unique part of the mountain’s story. Spend the day viewing exhibits, interpretive stories, eruption videos and breathtaking views. Recreational activities include climbing, hiking, camping, biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, horseback riding and hunting. Play a round of golf at one of the area’s fine courses or explore a trail on the side of an active volcano. Be sure to treat yourself to a day of shopping at Three Rivers Mall in Kelso or the Triangle Center in Longview. Browse the antique stores in Kalama or the unique shops in historic downtown Longview.
Enjoy live shows presented by national acts at the historic Columbia Theatre or Thursday concerts during the summer on the banks of beautiful Lake Sacajawea. Take in the historic displays at the Cowlitz County Museum, the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall and the Lelooska Foundation Museum. And when you’re ready for a break, you’ll have a full range of options, from fine dining to that specially brewed cup of espresso.
Stretch your legs with a walk along the Coweeman River at Tam O’ Shanter Park in Kelso, the Cowlitz River on the Riverfront Trail in Castle Rock or the Columbia River at Marine Park in Kalama.
You won’t be able to do it all, but you can have fun trying!