About a four-hour drive from Portland, Oregon, Crater Lake sits in a rugged portion of the Cascade Range. The lake is famous for its deep, jewel-blue water; an impressive 20-mile ring of cliffs encloses the basin and adds to its magnificence. The lake is surrounded by wilderness areas with meadows of seasonal wildflowers and old-growth forests abundant with conifers like pine, hemlock and fir. Visitors can tour the 33-mile Ring Road for beautiful views and take boat rides to explore Wizard Island, a cinder cone that rises 763 feet from the surface of the water.
Fun Fact: Crater Lake
Measuring nearly 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest body of freshwater in the United States and the ninth-deepest lake in the world.