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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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Richland, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We've visited most of the National Parks in the West and would definitely put this in the top 10. Rim drive is beautiful (we were there on a lovely 80 degree, clear sky, light breeze day). Visited the Lake Lodge (think smaller version of the Yellowstone Lodge) sat out on the deck in the rocking chairs and enjoyed a couple... More

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Roseburg, OR
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

It's hard to beat the spectacular beauty of this place...especially when 'conditions' are just right: on a cloudless, sunny day without a breeze, the lake looks like a mirror, reflecting the surrounding rim so perfectly, it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins! The rim road around the crater offers new and different views from every angle,... More

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Gresham, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Spent several days in the Crater Lake N.P. and highly recommend a stop at the lodge. What a wonderful experience and historical location. Even though we did not stay at the lodge on this trip, we have made reservations to stay in 2015. While there we sat in the rocking chairs overlooking the blue waters of Crater Lake. We were... More

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Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Drove around lake and did some hiking. Just spent a few hours on our way back to the Oregon Coast. The weather was spectacular. We tried to get tickets for the boat tour around the lake but they were sold out. Must purchase in advance. Would have liked to have stayed in the lodge but must book far in advance.

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful park. The rim ride is stunning and a little scary. Very exciting. We took the trolley trip. Reasonably priced and it was nice to hear the guide talk a bit about the park and it's history. If you have the chance, take the trolley and have lunch at the Crater Lake Lodge. Enjoy the rocking chairs at... More

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Phoenix
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place. We caught it when it was a clear day, cool, with a slight breeze so the lake was visible. Our daughter went once it was covered with clouds and was disappointed. We only drove the west side of the lake but it was totally worth it.

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Tarporley, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Nature has a way of being both destructive and creative at the same time and Crater lake is one of those events. Around 7700 years ago Mount Mazama (?) erupted leaving a massive crater that, over the years, has filled with rain and snow-melt to form the deepest and purest lake in the USA. It is one of those sights... More

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SF Bay Area
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Beautiful drive. Unfortunately the day we got there, extensive fog engulfed the lake, so we couldn't see as much of lake as would have liked; much less, the blueness of the water. Would recommend checking the weather on the mountain before taking drive.

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Cabool, Missouri
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171 reviews 171 reviews
59 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We drove around the entire rim of Crater Lake stopping at all of the overlooks, and loved it all, the water is so blue and is framed by Mountains.

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Clackamas, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The drive to Crater Lake from Sutherlin is about an hour and 50 mins. We took Hwy 138 and it is the scenic route and it lives up to it's name. Very pretty drive. The lake is beautiful and the surroundings were just awesome.

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