Best national parks: Avoid the crowds

Get outdoors and skip the lines during the high season

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

Crater Lake, OR

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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