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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We almost didn't go out of our way to visit this park because we had heard so little about it from other people. But it turned out to be the most spectacular sight we have ever seen in our many years of travels. Even our teenage grandchildren were impressed (and that takes a lot). We entered from the north and... More

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Crescent City, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had two beautiful days and nights at Crater Lake, Oregon. The hiking was perfect for our pace and skill (and present level of conditioning): Not too long, not too steep, and very rewarding views at the top. We live only four hours away but hadn't been there in 34 years! It was worth the time and effort to get... More

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Kirkland, Washington, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The road from Klamath Falls was good most of the way except some stios are not paved. Also there are no good information boards to tell you where you are and how far to go for the lake. The Rim drive do not have guard rails although the valley side is very steep. The walk don 1 mile to the... More

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Kennebunk, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

In our goal to visit our nation's national Park, this is our third. We would return in a heartbeat. The water's color defies description and photos are a poor substitute. We enjoyed the hiking (We did the Cleetwood Cove Trail with some misgivings, but were able to do it with pacing ourselves. Rangers say they rescue at least one person... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Locus descend on Crater Lake around 0930. If you want to actually SEE the lake without bumping into thousands of people and experience the lake then go up at sunrise or at sunset. Otherwise you are competing with thousands of day trippers or "in and out" folks who will jostle you around and prevent you from getting any kind of... More

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Los Angeles
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It would appear that any time of year you encounter huge snow. Be prepared and enjoy one of the loveliest views you will ever see.

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Madison Heights, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

worth stopping at all the stops - views a little changing but all excellent :) the hike down (&back) to the lake was just as described --- dusty and steep. worth it to feel the water and get a different perspective.

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Carthage, IL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We started our visit at the Steel Visitor Center at the South entrance. The short 20-min. movie showing how the crater was created was informative and worth the time. We also hiked the trail from the visitor center to the wildflower trail: I think it was about 1 1/2 - 2 miles round trip from the visitor center parking lot.... More

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Pinehurst, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It's off the beaten path...you have to be going there but well worth the stop. Some of the bluest water I have ever seen. Ranks right up there with clarity and purity of Lake Tahoe. Plenty of scenic turn-outs and plenty of scenic vistas. The rangers at the station were extremly helpful and friendly. If you haven't been, this would... More

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Chicago
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Crater Lake is absolutely beautiful. Photos honestly do not do the magnificent color of this lake justice at all. There are a number of ways to view the lake when visiting the National Park and I suggest taking advantage of as many of them as time allows on your visit. The trek down to the lake (and back up to... More

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