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Rim Drive

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Address: Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since...

Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.

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A couple hours of beautiful views.

The drive around takes a couple of hours or so - depending on the number of stops you make. Take note of road or area closures. Some stops have information about the lake or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
RinaBlue13
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Quezon City, Philippines
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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive around takes a couple of hours or so - depending on the number of stops you make. Take note of road or area closures. Some stops have information about the lake or surrounding features, some lessons on geology, volcanoes and formations. Interesting stuff for the hardcore geeks. You could read them, or you could just enjoy the view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

If you want to enjoy the outdoors with out getting to far from your rid, this is the thing to do. From the pummy desert, to the lake, to the Cascade views, you won't be disappointed! It is a summer seasonal road though so be aware of that.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We drove around the lake on the Rim Rd. It has many overlooks to stop and see and photograph the lake.We ran into some construction on the east side, and had to wait for approximately 20 minutes before we were able to continue.The views of the lake are gorgeous. Crater Lake is one of our nation's treasures.

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1 Thank Jo Ellen W
Charlotte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We had time for a handful of stops along Rim Drive, each offered a different perspective of Crater Lake, wish we could have gone the full round.

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Tonopah, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous! A tiny bit unnerving at times if you have an extreme fear of heights. You honestly can't beat the beauty! And I'm a fan of little furry things so the chipmunks got just as much of my attention! I sadly only had time for the drive so i didn't get to the visitor center or the trails.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

If you're there in the right season and the rim drive is open, do it. It only takes a couple of hours and the lake is just as magical at each one of the lookout points. It's the best way to spend a half day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The drive this morning was brilliant along the lake. High wind produced whitecaps on the lake requiring lots of stops for oohs and aahs. The road is narrow in places, but not much traffic so I was able to travel at my own comfortable speed. Trees were shedding their autumn leaves in the wind making "leaf storms" which were beautifully... More 

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sussex,england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

When visiting Crater Lake you simply have to drive the rim trail to enjoy the different viewpoints, the Watchman Trail and Sun Notch being two of my favourites. The rim drive is not completely open during winter months and can be closed into June due to snow accumulation so check before travelling.

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We did the Rim in both directions to make sure we didn't miss a thing and we were glad that we did. You notice different things each time. The first time was a beautiful day, we stopped a lot, did the Pinnacles hike ( highly recommend ) and took it all in. The 2nd time, we did it, the wind... More 

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Kas, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We got to do it by bicycle. I am so grateful that the Park Service supports occasional closure of the east side of the Rim Road to motorized traffic. I'm sure they get plenty of complaints from drivers, but we and 1,000 or more other bicyclists enjoyed perfect weather and safety on the often narrow and windy road. A glorious... More 

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