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Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.
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Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

We were originally going to take the boat tour on the surface of the lake, but when we heard how strenuous the hike to the boats was, we decided to take the rim drive instead. We opted to pay for the trolly car ride, rather...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank M2440XFlindac
Reviewed January 1, 2019

Thanks to the Rim Drive you can take the pictures of the bluest lake called Crater Lake. From the Rim Drive you can stop at the overlooks which are easily accessible.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Helia_linne
Reviewed December 30, 2018

Only one road in the park so pretty easy to tour around the crater. Warning ! (1) gas station at mazama village 1 or 2 pump old school gas station. Dont get caught on the other side of the crater with no gas. I heard...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank bmpynp
Reviewed December 26, 2018

This circular Rim drive along the Crater lake presents breathtaking views and amazing experience. There are view points at intervals.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ManavBhardwaj
Reviewed December 21, 2018

This is best seen during the off-season if you don't like crowds and you do like the fall colors. On the other hand, the weather can change from foggy to cloudy to sunny, which it did from when we arrived to when we left, all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bwanderer1
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This is not open year around, depends on the snow fall. The lodge is usually open year around, but may need chains in the winter.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Floyd M
Reviewed December 11, 2018

If you are staying in Portland , this could be a long drive, but in my opinion it is still well worth the 9 hour RT drive. It's quite possible to cover Crater Lake on a day trip from Portland during summer days, especially if...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank theloneglobetrotter
Reviewed November 15, 2018

On other post I talked about not taking your RV (5th wheel) on this drive. I meant it. Road is narrow, lots of curves, & hills. We did survive & still loved it. Make sure you make it a Rim drive/stop. That being stop at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CavemanHHH
Reviewed November 8, 2018

this was far better then I could have ever imagined. we were originally headed to the Oregon vortex but we where never gonna make it there b4 it closed. and I was like I have heard of this turned with no expectations what so ever...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sabrina A
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

We arrived at Crater Lake National Park late in the day (3pm) so we had limited daylight hours. The rim drive was the perfect way to take in the breathtaking scenery around the lake as you could choose which of the many pull/off areas you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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LaTejana11
October 31, 2018|
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Response from SnowyShasta | Reviewed this property |
No, the Rim Drive generally closes on November 1, or even earlier if there is snow. The park entrances remain open, as does the road from the south entrance to the Rim Village, so you can see the lake year round (except... More
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woodspringgirl
July 20, 2018|
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Response from doug6458 | Reviewed this property |
The whole place is elevated,so if you have issues with heights this might not work. Just driving to Crater Lake will put you on big elevation changes. You will be exposed to various height changes.
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TeresaD1
August 30, 2017|
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Response from antoning | Reviewed this property |
The quickest way to get an objective answer to the air quality question is, imo, to check the three web cams on the Crater Lake National Park website by the NPS (National Park Services). On some days you get a few miles of... More
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