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Scenic 33-mile drive which must be taken in a clockwise direction since areas of it are one-way.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Crater Lake National Park, OR
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All reviews take your time every turn park map pull over take pictures road construction west side different angles photo ops enjoy the view phantom ship overlook visitor center spectacular views sun notch closed due cleetwood cove hiking trails
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago 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
Thank Lauri M
Reviewed 2 November 2018

When you go to Crater Lake National Park, make the entire loop drive around the lake on Rim Drive. Not only will you have many wonderful views of the lake, but of the surrounding landscape as well. Just make sure the driver is focused on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Gafilpoo
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

This is a small national park with few hikes. The rim drive is the major to-do activity to see the lake from different points. It's a 33 mile loop around the lake and consists of many overlooking stop.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tazrianahmed91
Reviewed 23 October 2018

The Rim Road is just that. The 33-mile long road that circles Crater Lake. It is a very scenic road and the views are great from everywhere. The road is in good shape, but it is narrow, so wide and long vehicles need to proceed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Violette54
Reviewed 22 October 2018

we took about 3.5 hours to make the 34-mile rim drive---frequent stops were our choice---Do not miss the Pinnacles, about 9 miles off of the rim drive---well worth the detour. (I posted a website, but the review was rejected by Trip Advisor) Great views every...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Frank S
Reviewed 13 October 2018

The best way to see all of the lovely features of Crater Lake is to take the Rim Drive along the circumference of the Lake. It provides many stopping points and parking areas, many with postings describing the geological features you're seeing. Allow at least...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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1 November 2018|
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
21 July 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.
31 August 2017|
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