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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway: general information

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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway

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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway takes travelers through land shattered by Mount St. Helens' eruption in 1980. Because the valley floor is now so unstable, the highway is cut into the tops of the hillside and offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. The highway concludes after 54 miles at Mount St. Helens National Monument with the dramatic spectacle of Mount St. Helens gaping crater.
Early in the century Spirit Lake Memorial Highway began as an uneven wagon track. In the 1930s the road was pav...
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway takes travelers through land shattered by Mount St. Helens' eruption in 1980. Because the valley floor is now so unstable, the highway is cut into the tops of the hillside and offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. The highway concludes after 54 miles at Mount St. Helens National Monument with the dramatic spectacle of Mount St. Helens gaping crater.
Early in the century Spirit Lake Memorial Highway began as an uneven wagon track. In the 1930s the road was paved and ended at the pristine, serene Spirit Lake, the highway's namesake. The life-changing eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 annihilated the upper half of the road and mudflows devastated miles of the lower portion. The highway was rebuilt and reopened in 1992. Despite the highway's name, the road now ends high on Johnston Ridge before the visitor has a chance to get a good look at Spirit Lake, but allowing a striking view of the volcano itself.
Named as a Memorial this scenic byway is truly a memorial to its surroundings. Visitors will not lack for sights and activities to keep them busy at the five visitor centers that line the highway. Each center covers different aspects of Mount St. Helens eruption, from the events that led up to the blast to the recovery of trees and animals. The spectacular, sometimes stricken landscape surrounding the highway reminds visitors of the raw energy the earth can unleash.
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This is the official Map by the National Forest Service. Use the Interactive Recreation Map to get detailed information on the available activities.
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway takes travelers through land shattered by Mount St. Helens' eruption in 1980. Because the valley floor is now so unstable, the highway is cut into the tops of the hillside and offers sweeping views of the surrounding area. The highway concludes after 54 miles at Mount St. Helens National Monument with the dramatic spectacle of Mount St. Helens gaping crater.
Early in the century Spirit Lake Memorial Highway began as an uneven wagon track. In the 1930s the road was pav...

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Phoenix Inn & Suites
Crest Trail Lodge
The Eld House Bed and Breakfast
Jasmer's At Mt. Rainier
Mountain View Lodge
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Carbon Country's Shady Rest
A View With A Room Bed & Breakfast
Mounthaven Resort
De Voe Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway: nearby destinations

28 Other parks or sites within 200km (125mi):

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Mount St. HelensNational Monument - Washington - 26km (17mi)
Gifford PinchotNational Forest - Washington - 39km (25mi)
Fort VancouverNational Historic Site - Washington - 74km (47mi)
Portland International AirportAirport - Oregon - 77km (49mi)
Mount RainierNational Park - Washington - 84km (53mi)
White Pass Scenic BywayByways - Washington - 86km (55mi)
Historic Columbia River HighwayByways - Oregon - 92km (58mi)
Columbia River Gorge Scenic BywayByways - Washington - 101km (64mi)
Lewis & ClarkNational Historic Trail - Washington - 117km (74mi)
Cape DisappointmentState Park - Washington - 117km (74mi)
Seattle - Tacoma International AirportAirport - Washington - 130km (82mi)
Blake IslandState Park - Washington - 143km (90mi)
OlallieState Park - Washington - 144km (91mi)
Deschutes RiverState Park - Oregon - 144km (91mi)
Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle UnitNational Historical Park - Washington - 147km (92mi)
Seattle 101City Walks - Washington - 147km (93mi)
The Market ExperienceCity Walks - Washington - 147km (93mi)
Pike Place MarketPoints of Interest - Washington - 147km (93mi)
Snoqualmie FallsPark - Washington - 149km (94mi)
Space NeedleLandmark - Washington - 149km (94mi)
Fremont RocketPoints of Interest - Washington - 152km (96mi)
Fremont TrollPoints of Interest - Washington - 152km (96mi)
Hiram M. Chittenden LocksPoints of Interest - Washington - 153km (97mi)
John Day Lock and DamPoints of Interest - Oregon - 155km (98mi)
AnkenyNational Wildlife Refuge - Oregon - 170km (107mi)
Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing TourPoints of Interest - Washington - 182km (115mi)
OlympicNational Forest - Washington - 186km (117mi)

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Mt. Baker-SnoqualmieNational Forest - Washington - 204km (128mi)
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Duncan CedarPoints of Interest - Washington - 209km (132mi)
Ebey's LandingNational Historical Reserve - Washington - 215km (135mi)
McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic BywayByways - Oregon - 229km (144mi)
Oak Bay MarinaPoints of Interest - British Columbia - 245km (154mi)
Emily Carr HouseNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 245km (154mi)
Craigdarroch CastleNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 245km (154mi)
St. Ann's AcademyNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 246km (154mi)
Gold Rush Victoria - Rollicking BoomtownCity Walks - British Columbia - 246km (155mi)
Signs of Lekwungen interpretive walkwayCity Walks - British Columbia - 246km (155mi)
Eugene AirportAirport - Oregon - 247km (155mi)
Point Ellice HouseNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 247km (155mi)
Esquimalt Naval SitesNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 248km (156mi)
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard LighthouseNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 249km (156mi)
Roberts Field - Redmond Municipal AirportAirport - Oregon - 249km (157mi)
Hatley ParkNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 250km (157mi)
Craigflower Farmhouse and SchoolNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 250km (157mi)
John Day Fossil BedsNational Monument - Oregon - 255km (160mi)
Lake ChelanNational Recreation Area - Washington - 255km (160mi)
The Butchart GardensNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 263km (165mi)
LowellState Park - Oregon - 263km (165mi)
Dexter ReservoirPoints of Interest - Oregon - 264km (166mi)
DexterState Park - Oregon - 264km (166mi)
Cascade Highway 58 Covered Bridge LoopByways - Oregon - 265km (166mi)
Victoria International AirportAirport - British Columbia - 270km (170mi)
Gulf IslandsNational Park Reserve - British Columbia - 273km (171mi)
DeschutesNational Forest - Oregon - 273km (172mi)
Journey Through Time Scenic BywayByways - Oregon - 275km (173mi)
North CascadesNational Park - Washington - 277km (174mi)
SunriverNature Center - Oregon - 280km (176mi)
Cascade Lakes Scenic BywayByways - Oregon - 284km (178mi)
NewberryNational Monument - Oregon - 286km (180mi)
Duncan Totem Pole TourCity Walks - British Columbia - 291km (183mi)
Ross LakeNational Recreation Area - Washington - 292km (183mi)
PasaytenWilderness - Washington - 315km (198mi)
Britannia Heritage ShipyardNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 319km (200mi)
Xá:ytemNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 319km (200mi)
Gulf of Georgia CanneryNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 320km (201mi)
Fort LangleyNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 321km (201mi)
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Vancouver International AirportAirport - British Columbia - 327km (205mi)
Power House at Stave FallsNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 328km (206mi)
Kilby Historic SiteNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 331km (207mi)
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Granville IslandPoints of Interest - British Columbia - 335km (210mi)
The SeawallCity Walks - British Columbia - 335km (210mi)
VanierPark - British Columbia - 336km (211mi)
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Vancouver Maritime MuseumNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 336km (211mi)
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GastownNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 336km (211mi)
Gastown Walking TourCity Walks - British Columbia - 336km (211mi)
Museum of AnthropologyPoints of Interest - British Columbia - 336km (211mi)
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Lions Gate BridgeNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 340km (213mi)
Lynn CanyonPark - British Columbia - 342km (215mi)
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Pacific RimNational Park Reserve - British Columbia - 348km (218mi)
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Lake RooseveltNational Recreation Area - Washington - 371km (233mi)
Crater LakeNational Park - Oregon - 373km (234mi)
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McLean MillNational Historic Site - British Columbia - 378km (237mi)
Red BridgePoints of Interest - British Columbia - 379km (238mi)
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