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“Breathtaking Views and Great Little Gift Shop” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park
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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.
Brigantine, New Jersey
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149 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Views and Great Little Gift Shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

A suggestion was made to us while traveling from Seattle to Big Sur, CA to stop at Crater Lake, OR. Wow am I glad we did! It was early June, so snow was still on the ground, which meant you could not easily hike the trails (unless you had proper gear). But the temps were in the 60s and it was beautiful, so we just drove around the perimeter of the lake; each and every stopping point was like a postcard! I really enjoyed the gift shop (and I'm not at all a big shopper) because it was very tasteful with great t-shirts, candles and books. There is also a cafe with sandwiches, salads and snacks. A definite must-see for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Visited June 2014
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Long Beach, California
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“Simply gorgeous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

The park is about 2 h from Medford. It is a very scenic drive. The park is open until 5 pm. Plenty of parking. I took the West entrance of 62. The fee is $10 for a passenger car. You drive about 3 mikes and come right to the rim. The water is the deepest blue I ever saw. There is a lovely medium strength hike along the rim if you go to the right . About a mile at this time of the year as there is still snow on the ground. I could not take a trail down to the water as they open it end of a June. The lodge has a bar and cozy restaurant. It is a bit pricey but you can have elk, alaska salmon or halibut. There is a lovely patio outside overlooking a lake. Great for a drink and appetizers.

On the way back to Medford I made a couple of scenic stops to see the gorge and waterfalls. Great trip!

Visited June 2014
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Yokneam Moshava
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355 reviews
255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
“Simply breathtaking, especially when coming from the north”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

This was my third visit to the place, and the 2nd time I actually saw the lake. In April 1980, the first time we came, we saw absolutely NOTHING but fog. But when I returned in June 2002 and again last weekend, I saw almost the same fantastic views. No other way to say it. Coming from route 138 (north side) means climbing the road which 'accumulates' more and more snow on its sides. Suddenly you reach a point where the whole lake can be viewed and within it the wizard lake with all its northern slopes snow covered as well. Literally breathtaking. Then you can continue driving along the west rim (the east rim road is still closed due to snow blocks) from one view point to another. More magnificent views and photo opportunities will be provided. This is listed as one of Oregon's 7 wonders, but could definitely be listed within the USA's 7 most significant ones. Just make sure to visit on a sunny day, and you cannot be disappointed.

Visited June 2014
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Westernport, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Absolutely gorgeous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

While you are probably going to have to drive out of your way to get to Crater Lake, it is definitely something that you want to do. It is absolutely gorgeous to see.....so many colors and beautiful views. I think it is even prettier than Yellowstone or Yosemite. I highly recommend stopping and seeing it. Breathtaking!

Visited July 2013
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Texarkana, Arkansas
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“A can't miss while visiting Oregon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

My family visited while vacationing. The drive up the mountain was beautiful and the lake was worth every curve we went around to get there!

Visited May 2014
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