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Rim Drive

Address: Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Owner description: Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Owner description: Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.
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372 reviews 372 reviews
170 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The best suggestion is out of your control ... mother nature. The rim drive is all about views and "clarity". Clouds, rain, HAZE, and even drifting smoke can have a major damper on your experience. We did not have the best of luck even in the early morning as haze and smoke were prevalent all day. CLOCKWISE is the best... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
35 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I highly recommend taking your own car and doing the rim drive yourself instead of taking a tour. This way if you're in a hurry you can have it done in less then an hour. If you have all day you can take a long as you'd like and make the stops that interest you the most. Its really not... More 

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Eureka, California
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205 reviews 205 reviews
56 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If possible, drive counter clockwise. This puts you on the lake side and makes it easier to get in and out of the many spectacular overlooks!

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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262 reviews 262 reviews
115 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We visited in high season but there was room at every pullout to stop and we never felt the park was crowded, except at the Cleetwood Cove parking area. In July the entire drive was open in both directions for the entire loop. We noted however that the views were crystal clear in the morning, but got hazy by the... More 

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Richland, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Take the trolley tour or do the drive and stop at all the turnouts. You have never seen such blue water.

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Portland, Oregon
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Stop frequently to enjoy the changing landscape. The road has many turnouts so you can stop and explore. This is a spectacular drive - spend the day.

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Seattle, Washington
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117 reviews 117 reviews
18 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were on motorcycle on a stellar day. Not so busy in late Sept and we could easily park at all the stops around the rim. Just spectacular

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Houston, Texas
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195 reviews 195 reviews
73 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Rim Drive is Beautiful YES! Highly recommend you drive the 33 mile rim road going clockwise. WHY CLOCKWISE: - Better views of the Lake, plus safer. Most pull outs will be on your right side of the road, lake side. SO you will not have to pull across or in front of on coming traffic. Even during the week there... More 

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Ottawa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Take your time as you make the drive around Crater Lake stop at various points to enjoy the glorious views and take photos of the beautiful landscape.

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Albany, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Well worth the miles to go around the crater. Lots of photo opportunities. Many interesting information plaques to tell about the area.

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