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“Beautiful scenery, breathtaking pictures to be taken”

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.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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“Beautiful scenery, breathtaking pictures to be taken”
Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

The north entrance was closed so a little detour was required. It was more than worth the extra time. There was limited access but it was spectacular! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.....

Visited May 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Crater Lake, A National Marvel”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

It is over 6,100 feet elevation at the surface, so it is snowed in most of the year, although the National Park Service tries to keep the road to the South Rim open year round. If you go any time except summer, there will be massive snow drifts all around. The lake is an intense blue and at nearly 2,000 feet at its deepest point, it is the deepest fresh water lake in the US.

There is a road that runs the entire circumference, but it isn't always open. There is a fee to get in (hint, if you're a senior you can buy a $10 pass that gets you into all National Parks, good for life!). It was formed nearly 7,700 years ago when Mt Mazama had a violent eruption that formed the deep caldera, which eventually filled with water. It is a magical serene place to dwell on the wonders of nature.

Visited July 2012
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Pasadena, TX
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“Awesome views”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I've been to Crater Lake 3 times and each time was incredible. Once I went in mid-June and it was not possible to drive around the lake since snow still blocked the road but the view with the snow was gorgeous. The other 2 times were in the early fall so the rim was clear of snow and the drive with all the pullouts with the views was great. Last time we lunched at the visitor center which was just a simple hotdog and ice tea. Next time I'll pack a picnic for a more leisurely lunch away from all the crowds.

Visited September 2012
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“Magic in the snow”
Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

As I am sure the attendance is far lower in the snowy months, the feeling of solitude and opportunity for personal reflection were both ever present. A few hours did not do the park justice, even with most snowed in.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful Crater Lake”
Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Due to winter conditions we were only able to enter on the south side of the lake. The park maintenance crew did a great job of keeping the roads open on the south entrance even though there was still a lot of snow in the area. The visitor
center had a very informative and short video about the lake formation and the history of the area. We had a good snack at the snack bar and bought a few souvenirs at the gift shop. We were able to take a short, easy walk up onto the south rim of the lake for a beautiful view of the lake and of Wizard Island.

Visited April 2013
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