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Address: Crater Lake National Park, OR
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Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since...

Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.

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Even with having only one day to spend at Crater National Park, and being the most likely only rainy day in July, The Rim Drive was just incredible. Due to the hard, long winter... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Even with having only one day to spend at Crater National Park, and being the most likely only rainy day in July, The Rim Drive was just incredible. Due to the hard, long winter, the Rim Drive was only open half way for vehicles, and the rainy day limited the view for the most part. We did get lucky, and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This drive offers so many different views of crater lake that at first before you take the drive may appear all the same. Each stop on the drive offers new and completely different looks from different elevations of the lake and the crater. Many upper easy short trails to walk and enjoy the scenery.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great scenic drive around the park. Our favorite stop was probably the Watchman because it has a good view of Wizard island. The Phantom Ship overlook was cool, too. The only negative was the road construction that slowed down traffic, but since there is so much snow here (even in July there was a lot of snow... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Not only for the great views and no driving hassle (dangerous road) but the rangers know so much and add a great deal. I'd almost advise doing it twice with different rangers and hope to get different pulloff stops!

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1 Thank Cornhuski
South Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Worth the time and drive...especially IF the weather is good...be prepared to make stops for great pics and views...also traffic can be a slowwww...so bring your patience...well worth the time...trust me! Bring water...and your favorite food...

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United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

What a spectacular drive with outstanding views all along the way! The rim road is a challenging drive and not for the faint at heart. My best description of that drive is that it's like balancing your vehicle on the rim of a teacup. Beautiful but a little nerve-racking. It's worth every minute!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you are at Crater Lake you must do the Rim Drive. Most of the scenic attractions can be seen from it and there is car parking to stop and enjoy the sights.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is probably the best way to take in the view of the lake - traffic isn't too busy (or it wasn't when we were there) and there are plenty of places to stop and take in the awesome view.

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

do it first with the Trolley to learn what to look for and the history and animals. The driver also gets to appreciate it. Then do it yourself and take your time and go for a hike/walk.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Roads on this park are in great shape, and the repairs being done in the west side don't take much time from you, still, if you don't want to wait you can alway go through the east side.

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