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Kelso - LongviewUnited States of America

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
OYO Woodland Hotel and Suites
OYO Woodland Hotel and Suites
2 out of 5
1500 Atlantic Ave, Woodland, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥5,856 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated in Woodland, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Holland America Bulb Farms. Paradise Point State ...

3.1/5 (226 reviews)

"It was a good spot for the money. Friendly staff and clean. Bed was decent cant complain"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

OYO Woodland Hotel and Suites
Best Western Woodland Inn
Best Western Woodland Inn
2.5 out of 5
1380 Atlantic Avenue, Woodland, WA
The price is ¥8,887 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated in Woodland, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Holland America Bulb Farms. Paradise Point State Park ...

4.2/5Very Good! (460 reviews)

"Staff very attentive, made the best out of a horrible covid and wildfires situation"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Best Western Woodland Inn
GuestHouse Kelso Longview
GuestHouse Kelso Longview
2.5 out of 5
501 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA
The price is ¥11,503 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

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! (982 reviews)

"Check in was fast,room was clean,good location. We enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

GuestHouse Kelso Longview

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