We decided on Mount Saint Helen's - there was a KOA not too far away, and we could have a fun weekend there both sightseeing and hanging out together.
The drive to Mount Saint Helen's from the KOA was close to an hour, but the kids had a fun time amusing themselves in the back of the van. There were some curvy roads, which made it hard for me, but we did it! And I didn't throw up. Win! It was also very beautiful.
We got to the Visitor's Center and there was a walk up, up, up a ramp to get "the best view", I'm assuming. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to handle it. But then I thought I'd give it a go, and I did make it all the way up - go me!
The kids liked it, too - they found a staff-type stick and were doing fight moves and playing all the way up and down - and they enjoyed the amazing view of the volcano.
There was a presentation inside the Visitors' Center in the form of a movie - we caught the last show - but it was more than I could handle. I didn't know it would be like that, it was WAY too much movement and "following the path of the lava from the lava's perspective" for me to be able to handle. I had my eyes closed through most of it.
But the rest of the visitor's center was interesting, and had a scale model of the volcano with lights where the lava flowed, and it told a story of the eruption back in 1980.
This was a wonderful first place to go - none of us had been to Mount Saint Helens before, and it was a beautiful sunny day, so we had clear views all the way. We really lucked out!
More photos of this amazing volcano...