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 online trip itinerary planner to visit Crater Lake National Park on your trip to Crater Lake National Park, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Tours to Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake 3-Day Tour from Portland BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $885
Duration: 3 days
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Duration: 10 days
Crater Lake National Park Reviews
Take the long drive around the lake and stop at every overlook for a view from different elevations. Great trails and snow still on the ground in July! Don't miss it!!!! more »
You have to experience this place to believe it! It is at altitude so it takes a little bit of adjustment. I would recommend driving in from the south as the alternative leaves a frightening sheer dro... more »
Unbelievable place! Everybody has the same jaw dropping expression when they see this! If it's still bit snowy, the north rim road will be closed. That's what happened to us. We had to drive for extra 50 minutes to the South entrance. Check the conditions on the website to get information about road closures. You'd want to visit here on a day with clear skies ideally, if you want to see the deep blue lake. The water is exactly the reflection of the sky, so that means if you come here for sunrise/sunset, that would be great as well. This is in the middle of a first, completely away from civilization. The air is crisp and fresh.. I'm definitely going back here for multiple visits.
Absolutely gorgeous. Facilities were clean and able to handle the large amounts of people. The only complaint I had was the lack of any attempt to guide traffic in some of the busier places along the rim.
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