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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

OYO Woodland Hotel and Suites
OYO Woodland Hotel and Suites
2 out of 5
1500 Atlantic Ave, Woodland, WA
The price is $55 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 25

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 (232 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 $76 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

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! (466 reviews)

"Great helpful & courteous staff. I appreciated that there was still a grab n go bkfst option for me & family. I was surprised there was no fan in bathroom and no box fans. Overall a pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Best Western Woodland Inn
GuestHouse Kelso Longview
GuestHouse Kelso Longview
2.5 out of 5
501 Three Rivers Dr, Kelso, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $84 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (987 reviews)

"Stayed one night. Room clean and beds comfortable. Convenient location off highway."…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

GuestHouse Kelso Longview
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kelso - Longview

Silver Cove RV Resort
Silver Cove RV Resort
2 out of 5
351 Hall Road, Silver Lake, WA
The price is $95 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Offering direct access to the beach, this Silver Lake campground is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center.

4.6/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)

"My Silver Cove cabin was a nice place to stay. For about the same price as a hotel room, I had the whole place to myself. It was exceptionally clean and well stocked with all the necessities-towels, sheets, dishes, pans, soaps, paper towel and KEURIG CUPS!!!! Check-in/out was super easy and I didn't ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Silver Cove RV Resort
Beautiful Lower Columbia Hamlet On The Water
Beautiful Lower Columbia Hamlet On The Water
Cathlamet, WA

Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Puget Island, Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce, and Elochoman Slough Marina. Julia ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Nice People

"Nice quiet place with great bird watching. Just a short drive to local activities and beaches. Michael was a super helpful and friendly guy. The only thing I would add it that it is just one large room. If six people were to go, they had better be good friends as there is no seperation of sleeping, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Beautiful Lower Columbia Hamlet On The Water
Spacious Private new Suite Perched on the Bluff, Overlooking the Columbia River
Spacious Private new Suite Perched on the Bluff, Overlooking the Columbia River
Kelso, WA

Located in the heart of Kelso, this romantic apartment building is 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from Louis Rasmussen Day Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Tam O'Shanter Park ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Home away from 🏡

"What a wonderful, peaceful and beautiful representation of the Pac NW! I will return."…"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2020

Spacious Private new Suite Perched on the Bluff, Overlooking the Columbia River
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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