North America, United States
Crater Lake of Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is famous both for being one of the most uniquely beautiful places on the planet and for its violent volcanic past.
It is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world with a depth of almost 1,950 feet. It partially fills an enormous crater that was formed approximately 7,700 years ago when a 12,000 feet tall volcano called Mount Mazama erupted and then collapsed. There are no rivers flowing into the lake; it was formed and is maintained by the high rain and snowfall rates in this region.
That explains the volcanic past so what about the beauty? Crater Lake truly is like no other place in the world, where else will you see a lake of this deep, dazzling shade of blue surrounded by sheer cliffs that stand at almost 2000 feet high? Adding to its beauty are the two picturesque islands: Wizard Island and Phantom Ship.
There are a number of great activities to do at Crater Lake; it is a fantastic place for hiking with more than 90 miles of trails that range from easy to challenging. Cycling is also a popular option here with visitors flocking to complete the spectacular 33 mile long Rim Drive. This route involves narrow routes and long, steep grades but is also incredibly beautiful! For a truly unforgettable experience why not go on a Volcano Boat Cruises? These involve either a boat trip around the lake or a boat trip to Wizard Island.
Lodges and campsites are both available within the park. Crater Lake National Park is open year round but access is limited during the winter months.
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