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Crater Lake National Park, Crater Lake National Park

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Known for its deep blue color and clear waters, Crater Lake National Park formed in a collapsed volcano. The lake is more than a protected ecosystem, it is also a sacred place to the Klamath tribe, who researchers think may have witnessed the collapse of the volcano. You'll be able to see another legendary aspect of the lake as well. "Old Man of the Lake," once a tree, now a stump, has bobbed in the lake for centuries. Crater Lake National Park boasts hiking trails and lookout points all around its rim. Use our Crater Lake National Park tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Crater Lake National Park and other attractions in Crater Lake National Park.
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  • A two hour drive up to the lake but well worth it. Beautiful weather and gorgeous views. Wouldn't have mist it for anything. 
  • The Crater Lake National Park is a real jewel among the national parks of the United States unfortunately rather far away from the classical tourist routes, but still. You have to see it yourself, to have forgotten the little long way there, it's just overwhelming when you see these deep blue and so quiet lake in the crater of the volcano itself, the first time! The winter lasts here already times longer and therefore it is advisable to fully experience this impressive piece of nature to be able to come only in the height of summer. But it is worthwhile in any case here to drive, because there is of course also enough "wildlife".
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  • Although a relatively small national park compared to the likes of Yellowstone and Glacier, this is an absolutely beautiful park. The lake is an amazing natural feature that staggers the imagination. ...  read more »
  • This place is indescribably awesome. We got to watch the sun come up over the lake the morning we were there, and had breakfast in the lodge. The lodge feels a little upscale, and for dinner I'm sure it is, but breakfast was reasonably priced and they had Bloody Marys and Mimosas. The drive around the whole lake is definitely worth it, there's a lot of short hikes with amazing views. The trail down to the lake itself can be closed sometimes, so check before you go! And if you do make it down, jump in and look around underwater, its the bluest water you'll find anywhere in Oregon.
  • Looking for a peaceful experience? Find one of the many trails along the rim at any time of day to casually walk and soak up the blue scenery. You'll find wildlife too enjoying the area. As each day progresses you'll also notice the different shades of blue in the water, rim, and sky as the sun rises and then sets. There are other trails off the rim and boat rides on the lake. It's a fantastic place to experience peace and quiet, history, geology, nature, and the great Northwest.
  • Breathtaking! I have never seen water so blue. Water that only comes from snow or rainfall. Crater Lake is a drive through National Park with turnouts so you can get those stunning views. We went on a weekend were 1/4 of the west rim was closed due to the fires, but that didn't ruin anything at all. The East Rim was just as perfect. Took another road to see the Pinnacles (about 7 miles off the main road). This park is ripe with hikes (beginners - advanced). If you want to go camping however, plan ahead. Permits are needed and reservations are required. But if you are just driving through for the day, bring your camera and take it all in. Will definitely return!
  • The only downside is that it's so difficult to get lodging here! This place books up very fast so be sure to reserve your room well ahead of time, the nearest campground is far away so don't think you can "just find a campground nearby" and be OK. Often the nearby campgrounds are also full during vacation season. Do it right and plan ahead so you can wake up to stunning views of this fantastic place.
  • Crowded on a Friday in July, but just hike a little way and you are away from the "festival" atmosphere. Hikes have some difficulties, but they are temporary. Are mostly rolling and gentle with a few steep climbs. Color of the water at EVERY turn is breathtaking. Definitely going back.
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