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Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Traveler Description: - If your GPS gives you a time/distance estimate to the south entrance add an extra 15-20 min to that to get to the rim. Important if you are trying... more »
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San Francisco, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We ask to get reservation for the boat ride around the Crater Lake after the published closing date and got it. So if the weather is good, the ride is expended for about a week. Just know that it takes 1/2 hour to walk down and one hour to walk back up. It is about one mile long. It is... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We viewed the lake from almost every possible angle including by boat. Absolutely beautiful! The color of the lake is just captivating!! Before booking the boat trip, be aware that the hike down is spectacular (1.1 miles) but the hike back is very strenuous. It is equivalent to climbing 70 flights of stairs. Our trip was an afternoon departure so... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Visited Crater Lake in Sept 14. I always suspected pictures of the water that I had seen to be re-touched because nothing could be that blue. I was wrong. It is as blue as a sapphire. Beautiful drive around the rim. We only did the west side but you can do the full loop. Very interesting rock formations around the... More

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Santa Cruz
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82 reviews 82 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The views from almost anywhere were amazing with the dark green forests outlining the blue lake. The hikes come in all categories from easy like Sun Notch trail (great view of the phantom ship) to Garfield Peak (steep and rocky). Favorite trails were Annie Creek---a hike in the forest along the creek with a nature guide pamphlet, Discovery Point--a hike... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Crater Lake is an incredible place but to really experience it you should try the Ranger narrated boat ride inside the crater and on the lake. The rim drive gives outstanding views but if it is hazy or there are forest fires you will miss the extraordinary blues of the lake water. The water is more like a Caribbean ocean... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Just a real beautiful place. Blue water and so facinating to see. A must see if ever inthe area. So glad we added it to our trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful natural volcanic lake that is breathtaking! Glad we went after high tourist season. It was still busy, but we found trails that were not well traveled to enjoy.

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Newfane, VT
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

One of the most beautiful, unspoiled place I have ever seen. Staff were wonderful and friendly; good hospitality; loved the lodge!

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San Jose, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Although the fires were raging and smoke covering most of the area when we visited the area in August, Crater Lake is still a magical and mystical place. We just spent a few hours driving the south rim and visiting the information center. Will definitely be back to do more exploring.

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Parksville, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Crater Lake is a awe inspiring natural attraction in the midst of Oregon. It is part of the Cascade range throughout BC, Washington, Oregon & California. Drive the rim- 33 miles or bike it!! See the lake from all sides- especially sunsets & sunrises. Hike higher on numerous day hikes- 20 min. or 6 hrs. Visit the original resort for... More

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