We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Crater Lake National Park, OR
Website
Description:

Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since...

Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 356 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 275
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Short on time? Drive the Rim.

We only had one day in Crater Lake National Park so our group decided to circle the lake on Rim Drive. We had an absolutely fantastic time. We stopped wherever there was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bill6856
,
Portland, Oregon
Add Photo Write a Review

356 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 342: English reviews
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only had one day in Crater Lake National Park so our group decided to circle the lake on Rim Drive. We had an absolutely fantastic time. We stopped wherever there was a viewpoint, and there were a few. Got some great pictures, found a very nice spot to picnic with a view. A couple of the stops involved a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bill6856
Salem, Oregon
Level Contributor
77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They were working on the west stretch of road-- the one I usually take to get to the lodge-- and rather than sit with delays, being in no rush, we took the east rim road. Incredible!

Helpful?
Thank srnwood
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Rim Drive like most roads through a National Park will provide you with amazing views of the star attractions at the park. Use it as a starting point to explore the trails that lead to the rim, and the numerous peaks and water falls scattered through along the way. Allow time, and check the construction warnings. We sat for what... More 

Helpful?
Thank Bob E
Dunedin, Florida
Level Contributor
358 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip around the rim is on a narrow road and it is best to go slow. Don't be foolish like the person who passed us, life is too short to be shortened by a terrible accident. Along the way, there are numerous places to pull off the road and observe the lake from different perspectives. There is signage at... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Illinois_John
San Diego, CA
Level Contributor
133 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the shuttle instead of driving, worth the money to be able to not have to keep my eyes on the road all the time.

Helpful?
Thank KLD101
Michigan
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in Chemult, OR and drove to the north entrance. I drove straight to the 1st spot where you could get out and see the crater and OMG what a sight! The road (shortcut to the Lodge) was under construction so I went the opposite way on the Rim Drive and was SO glad. Lots of places to pull... More 

Helpful?
Thank Cindy B
Frisco, Texas
Level Contributor
96 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove around the lake in late July. I was happy that there were so many spots to pull over and take in different views of the lake. We arrived at the park at 8:30 am so we had no problem with any traffic or construction delays. It was smooth sailing all the way around! I'm so glad to have... More 

Helpful?
Thank t3leonard
Galesburg, Illinois
Level Contributor
306 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found out at the ranger program we should have driven this east to west. We drove it west to east which made the overlooks on the opposite side. We was a beautiful drive and we loved it.

Helpful?
Thank MeryMeCo
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
347 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well maintained road makes it possible to circle Crater Lake. Many pull offs, view points and picnic areas are abundant make it possible to enjoy the awesomeness of Crater Lake.

Helpful?
Thank Sassamatt
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we have done this route in our own vehicle and have done the tour. Tour provided a lot of good information. We have also done the route both directions, recommend this as it provides different views of the lake. Stop at the turnouts, the driver will want to see stuff too

Helpful?
Thank livetoride07

Travelers who viewed Rim Drive also viewed

Crater Lake National Park, OR
Crater Lake National Park, OR
 
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Crater Lake National Park, OR
 

Been to Rim Drive? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Rim Drive and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
california

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Rim Drive staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?