Crater Lake National Park Sights

For most visitors, the star attractions of Crater Lake are the lake itself and the breathtakingly situated Crater Lake Lodge. Other park highlights include the natural, unspoiled beauty of the forest and the geological marvels that you can access along the Rim Drive.

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Rim Drive

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Take this 33-mile scenic loop for views of the lake and its cliffs from every conceivable angle. The drive alone is at least two hours...

Rim Drive

  • Restaurant–Sight

About a half-dozen picnic-area turnouts encircle the lake; all have good views, but they can get very windy. Most have pit toilets, and...

Rim Village

  • Restaurant–Sight

This is the only park picnic area with running water. The tables are set behind the visitor center, and most have a view of the lake...

Rim Visitor Center

  • Information Center

In summer you can obtain park information here, take a ranger-led tour, or stop into the nearby Sinnott Memorial, with a small museum...

Route 62

  • Restaurant–Sight

Set in the fir, spruce, and pine forests of the Cascades' dry side, the three picnic areas along the southern portion of this route have...

Steel Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Open year-round, the information center is part of the park's headquarters; you'll find restrooms and a first-aid station here. There's...

Sun Notch

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

It's a moderate ¼-mile hike through wildflowers and dry meadow to this overlook, which has views of Crater Lake and Phantom Ship. Mind...

Vidae Falls

  • Restaurant–Sight

In the upper reaches of Sun Creek, the four picnic tables here enjoy the sound of the small falls across the road. There is a vault toilet,...

Wizard Island

  • Restaurant–Sight

The park's best picnic venue is on Wizard Island; pack a lunch and book yourself on one of the early-morning boat tour departures, reserving...

Wizard Island

  • Island

To get here, hike down the steep Cleetwood Cove Trail (and back up on your return) and board the tour boat for a two-hour ride ($52)...

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