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Crater Lake, OR
Photo by Gary Crabbe; written by Ted Katauskas

Best for uncrowded hiking

Oregon's turquoise jewel, Crater Lake is a must-visit spot. Rather than tailgate from viewing spot to viewing spot, park your car in the Rim Village lot and hike the moderate 6-mile (one-way) West Rim Trail, which fortunately isn’t packed in the summer.


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