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Rim Drive

Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Type: Scenic Drives
Description: Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.
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Auburn, Washington
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86 reviews 86 reviews
36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Every turn in the road brings a new view of Crater Lake and we were constantly awed by the contrast of water, trees, rocks and sky.

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Really, without the drive around the lake, the park would not exist. The crystal blue lake is the centerpiece and the rim drive literally circles the entire lake. There are plenty of pullouts for you to view and appreciate the lake in every perspective. We were lucky to be there before the nearby wildfires smoked out the views. If you... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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170 reviews 170 reviews
51 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

There are many spots to stop and take in the beauty of Crater lake. The views of the lake and mountains are spectacular. The little over 30 miles of road allows you to see the lake at various points. There are several places to stop and hike the trails.

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222 reviews 222 reviews
137 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Good well maintained roads, nice pull offs, less people than Yellowstone so not so many cars stopping in middle of road with lots of people jumping out to view park sites. Very peaceful and quiet up there and lots of places to appreciate nature. Would really enjoy visiting again as this is a beautiful rim road drive.

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was the 4th park we visited during our west coast road trip and we were not disappointed with the park. Everyone does the rim drive first, and I understand why. There are great views from just about all the lookouts and each is worth the stop since they provide different views of the lake. I suspect most folks take... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Really nice drive, lots of good view points and not as many people as the main area. Take your time and make sure you have plenty of gas. The extra drive to the Pinnacles is worth it!

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Boise, Idaho
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Led by a Ranger, this ride allowed us to sit back, relax, learn about the area, and enjoy stops for pictures.

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South Salem, New York
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was not prepared to drive on a rim so the whole experience was terrifying but the views are wonderful. If you are afraid of heights make sure to drive the loop where you have a large hill next to you instead of the drop.

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san deigo
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

lovely drive - the scenic overlook point names were not visible clearly! very picturerique - would have been better to go down to the lake

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Apopka, Florida
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283 reviews 283 reviews
175 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Rim drive is amazing will all of the vistas along the way. Check the weather conditions and road closure for the date you plan to be there. They usually don't open the north entrance before June.

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