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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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Azle, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Great drive around Crater Lake. We didn't go the entire way, but we will next time. Well worth a visit.

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USA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

If you only have a few hours in Crater Lake, driving the Rim Drive will give you plenty to see and lots of beauty to remember.

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Rim drive is good though prefer Rim Village as the main Crater Lake, NP destination. Much of the rim drive is on the opposite side of the rim from the lake itself so the view of the lake is at a few points. The view at Ghost Ship is excellent. My only negative comment of Crater Lake, NP is the... More

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Clarkston, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very steep and a bit hairy at times, the rim drive gives you great access to Crater Lake. BE prepared to stop many times and take photos, and image what the Native Americans and pioneers must have thought of this area. Be dressed for cold, windy weather so you are prepared and can stay outside to enjoy the views and... More

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Medford, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

What can I say, it's an amazing and picturesque drive around one of the most beautiful spots in the country, and there are tons of places to stop and see the sights. The Cleetwood Cove hiking trail down to the water is a MUST. It's a major pain going back up, though. Budget three hours around for a full trip.

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Austin, TX, USA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Don't drive yourself. Take the trolley ride to get a wonderful overview and lots of good information. And you get to see all the wonderful views. You can always drive back to points you want to see more of.

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Houma, Louisiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The rim drive around Crater Lake is the one "must thing" to do. It is an old road and somewhat narrow for today's large RV's. We were told that there are plans to start enlarging it next year, which will be very challenging. Because of this and because we'd been doing a lot of mountain driving, we decided to leave... More

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Only a visit can truly speak to the breath-taking experience of this place. Despite having seen photos of Crater Lake the location proved far more awe-inspiring than any of those could prepare me for.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Follow the light when driving - east side in the morning and west side in the afternoon. Lots of stops

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Phoenix
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124 reviews 124 reviews
29 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is about a 30 mile drive with about 8 viewpoints and various hiking opportunities. We stopped at all the marked viewpoints and did about 3-4 of the hikes, including a side trip to the Pinnacles. It took us about six hours, including a picnic lunch. This drive offers fantastic views of Crater Lake, Wizard Island and Phantom Ship. I... More

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