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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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Eureka, California
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183 reviews 183 reviews
51 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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248 reviews 248 reviews
111 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
73 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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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24 reviews 24 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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Dover, OH
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I would suggest taking the trolley ride instead of driving as it is much more enjoyable plus you are given a lot of interesting information on the trip.

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Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As long as there isn't snow piled up, the Rim Drives are open to traffice; otherwise only one rim is accessible though there is food, restrooms and a gift shop open during the winter months. Worth the drive even if you only have a couple of hours.

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