SEASONAL – NOT RUNNING TOUR UNTIL MAY 30TH
Departure: Tuesday (May 15 through October 15)
Duration: 9:00 am until 5:30 pm
Price: $125 per person (4 or more required for departure)
Includes: Pick Up/Drop Off, Transportation, Water, Box Lunch, Tour Guide and Entrance Fees
Pick-up Locations: Select downtown Vancouver Hotels.
• Launch your “eruption experience” at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake
• Enjoy spectacular mountain vistas, Roosevelt elk, and the unique volcanic terrain.
• Take in the closest views of Mount St. Helens’ crater from the Johnston Ridge Observatory
May 18, 1980 marked the eruption of Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano located in SW Washington just an hour east of Vancouver, USA. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive avalanche of rock debris. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits.
At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. The eruption only lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.
Immerse yourself in the story of America’s most devastating volcanic eruption on this full-day tour from Vancouver USA. We will visit up to 3 museums, and make several stops along the way for breathtaking views of this still active volcano.
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is an excellent place to begin the “eruption experience”. The Visitor Center opened a few years after the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Inside, visitors can enjoy a movie and a variety of interpretive displays that include comprehensive information on local history and geology.
Outdoors, visitors can explore Silver Lake along a 0.6 mile trail, including boardwalks over the wetlands. A variety of aquatic plants and migratory waterfowl can be viewed at different times of the year.
Forest Learning Center
The Forest Learning Center is open to the public from May to September. Walk through a life-like forest, and experience the eruption chamber. Learn about forest recovery, reforestation, and conservation. See spectacular views of the Mountain, elk, and replanted forests. Hike a short trail through the planted forest and learn about biodiversity.
Johnstone Ridge Observatory:
Johnston Ridge Observatory is named for volcanologist David Johnston, who was camped at the site when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. His final words – called in via shortwave radio – were …“Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!” Johnston’s body has never been found. Johnston Ridge Observatory is the crown jewel of SW Washington and the closest place to see the crater of Mount St. Helens. Spectacular views, awesome hiking trails and breathtaking photo opportunities await you
- Entry or Admission Fees
- Bottled Water
- Professional Local Guide/Driver
- Boxed Lunch (can be purchased from a local restaurant en route)
- Food & Drinks
List of Vancouver Hotels: Hilton Vancouver Washington, Econo Lodge, Comfort Inn & Suites Vancouver, Quality Inn & Suites
Tour Departure/Pick Up:Complimentary pick up from select downtown Vancouver hotels. Customers will be notified prior to any cancellation 24 hours in advance when possible.
Tour price Includes:Pick up at select hotels, transportation, tour guide and All applicable entry fees, unless otherwise stated.
Not Included: Gratuity and Lunch. You will have an opportunity to purchase lunch and/or snack.
Requirements:Tours require 4 person minimum for confirmation. Please contact us for current status of tour.
Payment:On-line reservations can be made using a credit or debit card. Payment will be processed immediately to secure your reservation. Payment on day of pick up will not guarantee your reservation.
Reservations:All reservations are final at time of booking. We recommend two weeks in advance for reservations especially during our high volume seasons. Walk-ins please call to confirm departure and availability.
Terms and Conditions
I. Other Entities: America’s Hub World Tours (AHWT) will not be held responsible for cancellations, changes to services/fees/price, conduct, of quality of goods and services for entities that operate under any name other than AHWT including, but not limited to: vendors, tour operators, vineyards and wineries, event staff, hotels, transportation companies, restaurants and entertainers.
II. Weather – Unless otherwise noted and specified all services are planned to operate regardless of weather. In the event of an “Act of God” and weather presents a safety issue AHWT will offer other tours to consider. There will be no reimbursements, full or partial, for inclement weather experienced during any service provided. It is the responsibility of the guests to be prepared for predicted weather and dress accordingly.
III. Conduct –AHWT assumes no responsibility for conduct of individuals other than its guides/employees/officers.
Indemnify: Except as otherwise prohibited by law each party shall indemnify and hold the other party harmless from all claims, actions, suits, losses, and expenses of any nature for its employees or subcontractors, breach of their agreement, negligence or intentional misconduct.
Insurance: America’s Hub World Tours (AHWT), will ensure all tour operators, and bus companies provide insurance coverage for all vehicles utilized while providing services.
No smoking in Vehicles; No alcohol drinking in vehicles! Not responsible for articles left in vehicles! There will be a $200 minimum damage/cleaning charge resulting from customer misuse. All passengers are responsible and liable for their own actions while in this vehicle; neither the driver nor the company is responsible or liable for any injury or damage caused by or as a result of any customer actions. We are not in control of the traffic and therefore take no responsibility for time issues due to traffic.
The state of Oregon requires all parents with children requiring car seats to use them. Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds. We do not supply car seats; if you did not bring one the hotel can recommend rental locations. Some will deliver to hotels.
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