Let’s be real: few things on hand are bigger than an 8,328-foot-high stratovolcano. If you’re in need of a little romantic getaway that includes a lot of adventure, Mt. St. Helens is the perfect place to go. Read on for highlights that all kinds of couples will enjoy.
For the outdoorsy types
Climb to the peak of Mt. St. Helens and from your vantage point on the rim, gaze into the depths of the crater below. The climb is not overly technical so it’s appropriate for beginners though it is a little strenuous: large boulders, loose pumice, fast-changing weather and the fact that you’re on an active volcano add interest. For couples who enjoy the great outdoors, climbing to the top is an ideal romantic adventure – just make sure to purchase your climbing permit.
There are also lots of other trails in the area that will take you through pine forests and mountain meadows or along the shores of gushing rivers and serene lakes. Because there are so many trails to choose from, you can easily find one suited to your skill level and interests. Pack a picnic and eat lunch while you take in unbeatable vistas and enjoy one another’s company.
Couples who appreciate quick-paced excitement will have a ball at Treehouse Island Zip Line Adventures. Play around the treetops in a 50-acre swath of cedar, ash, maple and fir trees while zipping through the fresh mountain air and taking in the beauty of the wilderness below.
For those who need to unwind
Of course, sometimes you don’t want to go hard on your getaway – sometimes you just want to take a break! Couples who want to kick back and relax can also find plenty to do around Mt. St. Helens.
Several visitors’ centers around the volcano educate visitors on everything from local ecology to tectonic activity. Watch an eruption recorded on video, see a working seismograph, learn to identify different pyroclastic materials and get a lesson on local wildlife.
Whether you’re interested in earth science or just fascinated by the fiery magnificence of magma, you’ll have a great time wandering around these exhibits.
Is a relaxing getaway relaxing if it doesn’t include wine? Rather than risking it all to find, out, arrange a visit to nearby Roland Wines or Mt St Helens Cellars. Both wineries have tasting rooms where visitors can try samples to determine the best bottles to buy. Find wines like “Sasquatch in a Bottle,” “The Volcano’s Last Syrah” and “Olifont” – great as gifts, and even better to keep for yourself!
Those who prefer beer will also have plenty to drink. Stop by Five Dons’ Brewing to enjoy local beers like the Full Boat IPA and Dark Divide Porter served alongside live entertainment. Hungry too? Grab a drink and some hearty pub fare at Ashton Brewing Company.
Head to The Columbia Theatre nearby to take in top-notch entertainment. There’s something for everyone whether you want to see a screening of a classic film, enjoy a quirky musical, laugh along with competitors in a standup comedy competition or rock out to music from big-name acts like Hell’s Belles and The Dandy Warhols.
If catching a show is part of your ideal date night, check out the schedule and plan your trip to coincide with an exciting performance.
Whether you’re on a quest for adventure together or just looking to enjoy a romantic, relaxing weekend, Mt. St. Helens is the perfect place to go. Learn more and start planning your getaway together at visitmtsthelens.com.