Despite Oregon's scenic beauty, Crater Lake is the state's only national park. This magnificent lake, the deepest in the US, was created some 7,700 years ago during a mighty volcanic explosion.
Rolling mountains, volcanic peaks and evergreen forests surround this enormous lake, a sacred place for the indigenous Klamath Native Americans for millennia.
In summer the lake's intense blue color and spectacular wildflower-strewn mountain scenery makes it a breathtaking place to visit. In the winter time, the park opens up like a winter wonderland.
From June until mid October visitors can drive along the awe-inspiring Rim Drive along the crater's edge, whilst boat cruises and scenic but quite strenuous hiking trails also beckon.
Look out for Wizard Island, the lake's largest, which is actually the tip of a still rising cinder cone.
Suggested itinerary featuring Crater Lake National Park
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Crater Lake National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Crater Lake National Park
- Oregon 99 miles away
- Bend (Sisters) 101 miles away
- Crescent City 133 miles away
- Newport, Oregon 155 miles away
- Trinidad 165 miles away
- Eureka 180 miles away
- Portland 184 miles away
- Cannon Beach 226 miles away
- Mount St. Helens 228 miles away
- Mendocino 264 miles away
- Mount Rainier National Park 278 miles away
- Lake Tahoe 285 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Crater Lake National Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Crater Lake National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Perched on the edge of the caldera (a cauldron-like volcanic feature), the hotel features 71 traditionally appointed guest rooms.
Set half an hour south of Crater Lake National Park, the Lonesome Duck offers character accommodation set in 200 acres of private land. The property is situated in the shadow of Crater Lake and borders the Williamson River to the west and north, both of which offer a bounty of fish and the birdlife that preys on them.