Mount St. Helens, Vancouver, WA
The first volcanic eruption in the Pacific Northwest occurred in the Spring of 1980 and also known as the largest avalanche of debris ever recorded in history. With a magnitude of a 4.2 earthquake to initiate the explosion, it destroyed over 200 homes, killed 57 people, nearly 7,000 animals including bears, deer and elk including approximately 12 million fish. This in total demolished the entire north side of the mountain leaving ash to flood for several days reaching as far as 185 miles from the volcano itself.
There is a visitation center nearby dedicated to Mount St. Helens for visitors to see the displays made, history of MSH, geology and recovery of the land post eruption. At the visitation center there is a life size mannequin, step-in model of MSH, read on the events that lead to the eruption. There are also view points visible from the center and walking trail to see the mountain itself.
West, East and South sides of the volcano are available to drive, hike, or bike as well as many opportunities to take many pictures to last the lifetime.
Admission and dates open vary.