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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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Ottawa
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23 reviews 23 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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6 reviews 6 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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San Jose, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Rim drive is a great way to start your trip at the lake to get an overview of the place. There are so many view points you can stop by to take a look at the beautiful lake. Stop by at the visitor center to get information on ranger led hikes & park newspaper. It gives good information about the... More

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Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Have to do the rim drive. The lake looks different in every spot. It is 33 miles around and you can't see all the views from one spot and see the whole park.

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Oakland, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
358 helpful votes 358 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Rim Drive is an essential part of your experience and visit to Crater Lake. I found myself pulling over at (nearly) every stop to take photos, and parking is generally sensible (even on a holiday weekend) – people are constantly coming and going. The Rim Drive is the best way to see the park for those who cannot hike long... More

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Summerland
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126 reviews 126 reviews
57 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There are so many view points and lookouts along the rim and each one has a different view. We could not get to the Pinnacles due to the road work which was disappointing as we did want to see them but the rest of the Rim Road was great. We packed a lunch and ate at the picnic site near... More

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Olympia, Washington
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99 reviews 99 reviews
27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Fun trip with lots of places to stop and enjoy the beauty. Make sure to pack a picnic or eat at the lodge.

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Tacoma, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The views and the vista were amazing as were the pull outs to take pictures, do this in the morning because by the afternoon it's crazy with traffic and you may not find parking in some of the spots. Yes, they are doing road work Monday - Friday over by the Pinnacles but the weekends the roads are open (well... More

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