Wizard Island, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (NPS)

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (Laura Ciapponi/Digital Vision/Getty)

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (Steve Terrill/Oregon Tourist Commission)

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (Steve Lewis/Photographer's Choice/Getty)

Sunset over Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (Joe Sohm/Digital Vision)

Winter in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Crater Lake National Park

Night in Crater Lake National Park redefines solitude. From the deck of the historic Crater Lake Lodge, as the sun sinks below the rim of the caldera, the wild topography has a sublime, almost otherworldly feel. There’s nothing for miles and miles. The deep blue of the lake reflects the sky and the cliff bands of the crater walls, some dropping nearly 2,000 feet from the rim to the water. Even in summer, nighttime temperatures can hover near freezing—but the lodge always provides a warm fire surrounded by cozy couches in the big-beamed Great Hall. The lodge’s dining room overlooks the lake and features dishes made with local ingredients—from salmon and duck to berries, Rogue Valley cheeses, and wines from across Oregon. There’s no wireless coverage or computer access at the lodge, making a visit here a truly peaceful experience.

Traveler Reviews of Crater Lake National Park


MrsJBolt rates Crater Lake National Park
If I could recommend one place in the continental US for someone to visit I would say Crater Lake. Words can not express how beautiful this place is. You see pictures of it in text books or on posters and it looks digitally enhanced...well even in person it's almost too beautiful to believe. It's like you are looking at a movie set that is perfect. You can drive around the rim of the crater and there are a few places to hike. It's amazing, but don't take my word for it. This place is a must go!
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