Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular location to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” However, you may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, “Walking Tours” of many of these destinations may be available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Crater Lake National Park, in southwestern Oregon, preserves America’s deepest lake, a remnant of the volcanic eruption of Mt Mazama some 8,000 years ago. The lake is known far and wide for its incredible blue color. Add Crater Lake National Park to your national park itinerary for the following reasons:
1. The Rim Road offers numerous overlooks, each with their own separate perspective on the lake below.
2. Several features in the lake can be discerned from specific viewpoints.
3. The most prominent landmark within Crater Lake is Wizard Island, a large cinder cone which juts above the lake surface.