Click here to see my previous post about some of the things to do as you drive out to the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
The Johnston Ridge Observatory sits just five miles away from the base of Mount St. Helens. This is a fee area, so plan to bring your wallet or your National Park Pass. The observatory has amazing views of the mountain and the crater formed by the landslide. There is a theater that plays several movies throughout the day and ranger led programs. This is also the base for many of the hikes in the Mount St. Helens region. The observatory is closed from November to May. Check the website at the bottom of this post for a status on when it opens and closes each season.
A monument for all those that lost their lives during the eruption.