The Crater Lake Lodge, built in 1915 and a member of Historic Hotels of America® since 2012 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America.
A grand northwest lodge, the historic 71-guestroom Crater Lake Lodge originally opened in 1915 on the edge of one of the country's crown jewels-Crater Lake. No place else on earth combines a deep pure lake, sheer surrounding cliffs almost 2,000 feet high, a picturesque island, and a tumultuous volcanic past. A sense of awe comes over guests as they enter through the main entrance and view the majestic fireplace in the Great Hall. Here, guests can immerse themselves in the history that surrounds them by visiting the Exhibit Room. The Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room overlooks the lake and serves the finest northwest regional cuisine. Crater Lake Lodge is open from late-May through mid-October.
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Now I’m a hard-core car camper but even I couldn’t resist treating myself for a night. I planned an Oregon adventure with my family, traveling over three weeks and camping everywhere. But we just couldn’t resist.
The lodge is amazing and has all the amenities you could want to spoil yourself, but the best part really is Crater Lake. On this trip, we were able to take the Trolley Tour (a must-do if you’re typically the driver on trips). This allowed me to sit back and relax while taking in amazing views and learn some regional history. The tour guides were fabulous.
The other wonderful thing about staying at this lodge is that we were so close to the boat tours to Wizard Island. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a tour and have a half-day on the island to explore. Because most campgrounds are so far away, you have to get up before dawn to catch the first tour. But staying at the lodge allowed us to sleep in just a bit!
Pro Tip: Book this stay as well as the Trolley and Boat tours way in advance. They book up quick and you don’t want to miss out!