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“Worth the long drive!”

Crater Lake National Park
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$685.00*
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3-Day Tour from Portland to Crater Lake
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Beautiful lake which is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park.
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Worth the long drive!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

My best friend and I drove 5 hours one-way out of our way just to see Crater Lake while we were visiting the Pacific Northwest. It was definitely worth the drive. This place is absolutely beautiful. The scenery is stunning and will leave you in awe of nature. We did one of the short hikes up to a lookout point and had even higher views of the surrounding countryside. The sunset here was picturesque and the weather quite cool. The water is a deep blue. The cliffs drop straight down, so be careful not to get too close to the edge. There were some public bathrooms available, but they were disgusting and had no electricity, so at night you need to bring a flashlight. Bring a jacket with you if visiting this place or else the chill will eventually get to you even in the summer.

Visited August 2012
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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Don't Miss When In Area”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Gorgeous clean blue waters highlight this very deep volcanic crater, now a large lake. Plan to take a day to see this natural wonder! Drive the road around the lake and take in the many turnouts which offer different views, perspectives and photo opts.
There are a few trails as well, near the lodge and visitor center.

On the loop road around the lake, the turnouts are on the right side, so I recommend you drive the loop clockwise. The roads are all two lanes and mountainous. Some of the roads are closed in Winter.

Plan to take the day to see this wonder and enjoy!

Visited September 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Stupendous”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

One of the most awesome sights in America after the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Go. Be REALLY careful on the narrow roads and be aware that there are very few options for food/fuel, bathrooms, etc. other than at the lodge and the Mazama Village. If you can, get there for sunrise on the west rim or sunset on the east rim.

Visited October 2012
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Cincinnati, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Beautiful blue water”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I enjoyed the visitor center's film and drive around the crater. There are many places to stop and view the beautiful blue water. Be sure to travel clockwise so you don't have to cross traffic to pull off at the overlooks. My favorite sight after the blueness of the water was the Phantom Ship. I wish the boat ride was not closed for the season when I was there. I think that would have been impressive!

Visited September 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Crater Lake”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Beautiful lake with amazingly blue water ... but don't go on a public holiday. We happened to be there on Labor Day week-end and it was full of visitors. The road round the lake was very busy. We were surprised that the National Park staff didn't limit numbers arriving at the park. I think there may be plans to do this in future. We decided to stop at the Pinnacles where there was a trail and fewer people. The rock formations left over from volcanic activity were spectacular, so worth the trip after all. The trail led to the original entrance to the Park, so that was interesting too. You don't have to walk far to lose the crowds!

Visited September 2012
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