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Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Crater Lake Day Trip from Bend
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Crater Lake Day Trip from Bend

With a depth of 1,943 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States - and one of the most beautiful. The water's intense blue color is an indication of its great depth and purity. Surrounded by cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow. Scientists consider Crater Lake to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.<br>rater Lake rests in the belly of a dormant volcano. The volcano once stood 12,000 feet tall, but it collapsed after a major eruption 7,700 years ago. Later eruptions formed Wizard Island, a cinder cone that rises from the water. The park has an abundance of fascinating volcanic features, including a second rocky island, the Phantom Ship.<br>Beyond the lake, old-growth forests blanket the landscape. Established in 1902, the park protects 15 species of conifers, from towering ponderosa pines to ancient whitebark pines. These trees shelter a wide array of wildlife, including black bears, mountain lions, elk, and spotted owls.
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CentralCoast2 wrote a review Nov 2020
Baywood Park, California389 contributions35 helpful votes
Rim Drive is a must for anyone visiting Crater Lake. You won't be able to appreciate the majesty of the lake without taking the Rim Drive. It is a two lane road, with a drop off on one side that circles the lake. There are lots of vista points were you can safely stop to appreciate the views.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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sandiegan25 wrote a review Sep 2020
San Diego, California3 contributions3 helpful votes
We rode bikes all around Crater Lake. Amazing amazing!!! This was about 33? miles with some steep hills, which we did with our electric bikes. Do the rim by car or bike!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Davigeta wrote a review Sep 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri760 contributions241 helpful votes
This is an essential part of the park experience, several stops along a long oval road of over 30 miles. Each stop highlights a different area of the park and provides new perspectives on the park. Stop as often as you can, enjoy the views. Rest areas are limited. An unforgettable experience.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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csarchibald wrote a review Aug 2020
San Marcos, California4,151 contributions677 helpful votes
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A must do for visitors to Crater Lake. Many people simply drive up to the Rim Village and go no further. They are missing so much. The drive around the Rim Drive allows you to see the lake from different perspectives and the light hitting the lake at different angles gives variations in the color. Don't miss it.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Mountainman827 wrote a review Aug 2020
Custer, South Dakota1,019 contributions190 helpful votes
Enjoyed rim drive even though smoke from California make for hazy pictures. Drive in clockwise direction most of pull offs will be on right.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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