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“On the Top Five List of Most Georgeous National Parks” 5 of 5 stars
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Crater Lake
Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Type: Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Skiing
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Owner description: Beautiful lake which is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park.
Larkspur, Colorado
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“On the Top Five List of Most Georgeous National Parks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I have been to over forty US National Parks and not been back to Crater Lake since I was ten. I remembered how nice it was then but no picture or travel writer can do this place justice. You just have to go there and see for yourself. Make sure you go on a boat tour (season just ended 9/15) as well as along the rim. It is also a good idea to catch the crater in different light such as sunrise and sunset as it makes it that much more incredible. We wanted to stay near the park so we booked a room way in advance at the Mazama Village. You will never see such a beautiful blue color in your life as the water in the crater.

Visited September 2013
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Martinsville, Virginia
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“Bucket List”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

It was a very scenic 4-hour drive from Salem, a few hours around the lake stopping at many of the overlooks, a cocktail on the porch of the Lodge, a waterfall and now I can check off Crater Lake from my bucket list. I'm glad we did it. It was just as beautiful as I imagined and worth the diversion from our week staying around Mt Hood (another 4-hour drive the next day). Although we didn't stay at the Lodge, it is rather unspectacular compared to many of the other national park lodges (Old Faithful Inn, Many Glacier, El Tovar). I'm glad we didn't spend the bucks to stay there.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington, USA
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“Breathtaking views, amazing blue water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The sight of blue water surround by the volcanic rim is just amazing. The higher you go, the better!

Visited June 2013
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California, USA
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Went in September. Nice weather, sunny but not too hot. Not super crowded either. The lake is larger than I expected. The water is definitely the bluest I've ever seen.

Visited September 2013
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Clarkston, Michigan
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“Spectacular but cold!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We went here on Saturday, Sept. 29 -- and there was no fee that day! Happy National Parks Day! Very interesting place but was it ever cold and windy! Slush and snow on the ground and part of the rim drive was closed due to weather. If you can drive up from Ashland on Dead Indian Memorial Road, do it. Takes about 3 hours but it is worth it to see the changes in the scenery along the way -- very dramatic. Make this a whole day trip or more -- so much scenery to enjoy. You have to stop at the overlooks and parking areas along the way too. Some hiking trails just beg for your attention! i will come back in the summer to check out more of this fascinating area!

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