Kelso - LongviewUnited States of America

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Visit Kelso - Longview

Two serene towns connected by a bridge provide the ideal base for exploring Mount St. Helens and other outdoor highlights of this scenic part of Washington State.

Kelso and Longview are two quiet, friendly towns divided by the winding Cowlitz River. Stay in one of these charming towns to be ideally placed for hiking the picturesque trails of Mount St. Helens, fishing in rich waters and enjoying a wide array of welcoming small-town attractions.

Look for signs of the area’s Scottish roots as you explore. Visit pretty Tam O’Shanter Park, named after a poem by Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. Come here in September to see adults and kids alike don kilts for the annual Highlander Festival. Watch participants in the Highland Games compete in traditional sports, and sample Scottish treats such as scones.

To see another side to the area’s history, head to the Cowlitz County Museum, which offers exhibits dating back to the early pioneer days. In the evening, see a show at the Columbia Theatre in Longview. This carefully restored building is a work of art in itself, and an important artifact of local history.

Bring your hiking boots when you come to Kelso and Longview, as the local trails are among the area’s greatest charms. Drive the beautiful road to Mount St. Helens, a major draw of the area. The dramatic silhouette of this volcano dominates the landscape for miles around. Pack a picnic and explore its slopes at your own pace, or join an expert-guided tour that will take you all the way into the crater.

Head deep underground by entering the nearby Ape Cave Lava Tubes, dramatic natural tunnels that no-one with a taste for adventure will be able to resist. Back in town, set up for a day of fishing at a peaceful spot by the edge of Cowlitz River or at gorgeous Lake Sacajawea. Or, head to Longview’s Mint Valley Golf Course to play a few rounds amid beautiful scenery.

Drive to Kelso and Longview from Seattle in around 2 hours. As you approach, enjoy glorious views of the Cowlitz River, which flows parallel to parts of the road.

Top Hotels in Kelso - Longview

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
GuestHouse Kelso Longview
GuestHouse Kelso Longview
2.5 out of 5
501 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥7,933
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Located in the heart of Kelso, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Three Rivers Mall, Tam O'Shanter Park, and Cowlitz County Historical Museum. Three Rivers ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,085 reviews)

"I hate these surveys that force one to make comments beyond the rate this rate that"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

GuestHouse Kelso Longview
Best Western Woodland Inn
Best Western Woodland Inn
2.5 out of 5
1380 Atlantic Avenue, Woodland, WA
¥7,488
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated in Woodland, this hotel is 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from Woodland Motocross Park and 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from Clark County Fairgrounds. Sleep Country Amphitheater ...

4.2/5Excellent! (406 reviews)

"the tv remote had no back cover (minor detail) but also the hot water took a long time in heating up... that was the only downside we had"…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Best Western Woodland Inn
Super 8 by Wyndham Kelso Longview Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Kelso Longview Area
2 out of 5
250 Kelso Dr, I-5 Exit 39, Kelso, WA

Situated in Kelso, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tam O'Shanter Park, Three Rivers Mall, and Cowlitz County Historical Museum. Three Rivers Golf Course ...

3.7/5Good! (871 reviews)

"Basic property which met my needs. The breakfast room could use some attention. No complaints about any aspect of the property."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Kelso Longview Area

Popular things to do in Kelso - Longview

Cedar Creek Grist Mill
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Cedar Creek Grist Mill

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Cedar Creek Grist Mill, a landmark worth seeing in Woodland. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its coffeehouses.

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
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Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

4/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, a lovely green space in Woodland. Stroll along the area's riverfront or simply enjoy its restaurants.

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