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“Absolutely Beautiful -- parking is hellish”

Crater Lake National Park
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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.
Richland, Washington
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99 reviews
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“Absolutely Beautiful -- parking is hellish”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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Roseburg, OR
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“Oregon's (only) National Park is Spectacular!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

It's hard to beat the spectacular beauty of this place...especially when 'conditions' are just right: on a cloudless, sunny day without a breeze, the lake looks like a mirror, reflecting the surrounding rim so perfectly, it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins! The rim road around the crater offers new and different views from every angle, all stunningly beautiful. Although only open from June to October (depending on the weather), the fabulous Crater Lake Lodge is a delightful place to stay, but if you can't manage a room there, at least try to enjoy a meal there. They don't take reservations (first come, first served), but show up early if you hope to secure a table by the window. There is also a day lodge that is open year round, for quick bites and gift shop. The park information center has a display on the geological history of the dormant volcano and lake that is not to be missed...very interesting! Once the snows start falling the north entrance road will close, but you can still access through the south entrance road through the winter, but I think July and August are the best times to visit.

Visited July 2014
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Gresham, Oregon
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“Fantastic Lodge and Overlook”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Spent several days in the Crater Lake N.P. and highly recommend a stop at the lodge. What a wonderful experience and historical location. Even though we did not stay at the lodge on this trip, we have made reservations to stay in 2015. While there we sat in the rocking chairs overlooking the blue waters of Crater Lake. We were greeted by Dennis, who serves beverages and provides interesting information. Highly recommend taking an hour to chill out and enjoy the scene.

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Drove around lake and did some hiking. Just spent a few hours on our way back to the Oregon Coast. The weather was spectacular. We tried to get tickets for the boat tour around the lake but they were sold out. Must purchase in advance. Would have liked to have stayed in the lodge but must book far in advance.

Visited July 2014
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

What a beautiful park. The rim ride is stunning and a little scary. Very exciting. We took the trolley trip. Reasonably priced and it was nice to hear the guide talk a bit about the park and it's history. If you have the chance, take the trolley and have lunch at the Crater Lake Lodge. Enjoy the rocking chairs at the lodge while enjoying a cocktail. A perfect day in the national park.

Visited July 2014
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