Welcome to Crater Lake National Park


The park's popular south entrance is open year-round and provides access to Rim Village and Mazama Village, as well as the park headquarters at the Steel Visitors Center. In winter you can only go up to the lake's rim and back down the same way; no other roads are plowed. The north entrance is only open from early June to late October, depending on snowfall.

It's best to top up your gas tank before arriving at Crater Lake. There's reasonably priced gas at Mazama Village (summertime only); the closest pumps otherwise are in Prospect, Diamond Lake and Fort Klamath.

Summer is often cold and windy, so dress warmly.


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$3060 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pacific Northwest Peaks & Pours

DAY 1: This evening, mingle with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist.DAY 2: Tour Seattle, visiting colorful neighborhoods and iconic attractions such as historic Pioneer Square, and the Space Needle. This afternoon is reserved for tastings. The city’s small-batch producers tend to know their stuff, producing solid line-ups of supremely drinkable IPAs, stouts and more.DAY 3: Members of the Pike Place Market community will guide us through the market ensuring we receive special treatment. Meet the Market’s lively characters and hear their memorable stories. Upon arrival in Portland, there’ll be time to relax, before meeting up for a special evening program. Use real ghost hunting equipment to visit known ghostly places and get behind the scenes to understand a true view into the reality of paranormal investigations.Day 4: Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. We’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city and its iconic gardens. This afternoon, explore more of the city on a bicycle tour that will take us to breweries a walking tour to some of the downtown area’s most unique restaurants, food emporiums and food trucks.DAY 5: Visit Columbia River Gorge and experience the power and beauty of nature up close at Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water. We’ll then stop at some of the 12 breweries in this area.DAY 6: Travel to Crater Lake National Park. Created by a collapsed volcano after a violent eruption more than 7,000 years ago, scientists marvel at its purity. Fed only by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the US at nearly 2,000 feet. A National Park Ranger will talk to us about the Park’s origins and special features before we take a leisurely hike. Ranked in the top 10 of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” Ashland is a cultural hot spot, with award-winning galleries, theaters and restaurants.DAY 7: Tour the city of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon and a prominent arts community. After a short walking tour, we’ll stop in an area of Eugene aligned with local breweries, all part of Eugene’s Ale Trail. This evening arrive in the coastal community of Cannon Beach which combines the inspiring beauty of the Oregon Coast with a picture-perfect village by the sea.Day 8: Start the day with a walk on the beach to dramatic shoreline rock formations like Haystack Rock, one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks, rising 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline. Cannon Beach also offers the quintessential small beach town experience. Wander the picturesque sidewalks and courtyards of downtown Cannon Beach to discover art galleries, specialty shops and public art.  

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National Parks of the Northwest US

Imagine a two-week breath of fresh air and you've pretty well summed up this 15-day tour of some of the greatest American national parks there are. With big city fun in buzzing Seattle and funky Portland, unique and quirky small towns like Wallace and Jackson, and all the stunning western grandeur your eyes can soak in, this trip has it all. Combining hiking in parks big and small, sipping craft brews, savouring artisanal donuts, dipping your toes in the Pacific Ocean, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this whirlwind trip is the answer for anyone looking for a true adventure away from home.

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The Great American Road Trip–LA to New York

There's no better way to do the US justice than a great American road trip. This 53-day tour hits all the marks, going coast-to-coast from bustling cities to incredible natural wonders, and charming small towns in between. Hike along geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife in Yosemite National Park, get weird among Portland's artsy shops, indie breweries, and up-and-coming eateries, and join party revellers on New Orleans' famed Bourbon Street. Epic road trips are made of this.

$6519 18-to-Thirtysomethings

America's Coasts Road Trip – Westbound

There might not be a more intimate way to travel the United States than a road trip and this 42 day-tour takes things to a whole new level. Try to keep your jaw from dropping as you take in the sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Cruise along the picturesque coastline of Orange County. By hopping on a flight in between to bring you from one coast to another, you'll minimize those boring long drives and instead get more time to explore the cities and sites that matter most.

$2019 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Pacific Coast Road Trip

From bright city lights to sites in the great outdoors, this 12-day road trip takes you through the best of America's West Coast. Spot celebs on the streets of L.A. (or just live your most glamorous Hollywood life for a day), trek through Yosemite's trails and marvel in its natural landscapes, and get funky in Portland's artsy shops and eateries. You'll get tons of free time along the way to explore each destination in the way that suits you best.

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National Parks of the Northwest US

Imagine a two-week breath of fresh air and you've summed up this 15-day tour of some of the greatest American national parks. With big city fun in buzzing Seattle and funky Portland, unique and quirky small towns like Wallace and Jackson, and all the stunning western grandeur your eyes can soak in, this trip has it all. Combining hiking in parks big and small, savouring artisanal donuts, and relaxing in cowboy bars, this whirlwind trip is the answer for anyone looking for a true adventure away from home.

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