We've visited most of the National Parks in the West and would definitely put this in the top 10. Rim drive is beautiful (we were there on a lovely 80 degree, clear sky, light breeze day). Visited the Lake Lodge (think smaller version of the Yellowstone Lodge) sat out on the deck in the rocking chairs and enjoyed a couple of cold beverages as we took in the lake veiw.
As with many National Parks, it was very crowded. You have to be a little patient in just about everything (parking, getting a rocking chair at the lodge, buying a souvenir, etc.). Actually, parking was very difficult up near the lodge area. Granted, we are in an RV so we know it will be tough to find a place to park but we watched cars lap around and around waiting for someone to pull out in order to park. Suggest heading down the North road about a quarter mile and using the large lot off the rim road then hiking back up the the lodge area.
Not a whole lot to do there besides looking at and reading about the lake -- a couple of good hikes down to the lake (not easy) or you can take a boat tour of the lake (we didn't). I would put this into the category of a good 1/2 day adventure.
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