National park tips: Why you should stay at the lodge with spectacular crater views

The Crater Lake Lodge, open only in warmer months, sits on the edge of Crater Lake in southern Oregon. It first went up in 1915 and has been heavily rebuilt.
(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

First point: Crater Lake National Park is basically built around one great view—the lake in the crater – so you probably only want to give it a day trip or one night.

Second point: There are no campgrounds or other lodgings with that crater view.

Conclusion: If you can afford it, book the seasonal Crater Lake Lodge, which will be open May 19-Oct. 16 in 2017. (Rates for 2017 rates are $189.99 -$328.99.)

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In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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