Best Routes to the Park
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(Highway 97, 57 miles to Crater Lake) – Home of the only destination resort in Crater Lake Country, the Running Y Ranch, this area offers plenty of great attractions. Birding, rafting, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, Native American history, it’s all here including Crater Lake. Visit the Attraction section for the top things to see and do.
LA PINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (HWY 97, 61 miles to Crater Lake) – The City of La Pine, south of Bend on HWY 97, welcomes you to Family-friendly driving adventures. La Pine offers “Loop” tours for Newberry Crater- Oregon’s other Crater! Explore the Crater Lake Loop: from La Pine down Hwy 97 via Train Mountain and historic Fort Klamath to Crater Lake, Union Creek, Shady Cove and north to Diamond Lake, returning by Hwy 97. The High Lakes Loop explores Sunriver and local lakes. The High Desert Loop (Outback!) takes you east to Fort Rock State Park, Heritage Village Museum, Christmas Valley, Silver Lake, Summer Lake, and Paisley. Find more information info at the La Pine Chamber and Visitor Center or go online www.lapine.org. Location: 51429 Huntington Rd, La Pine OR 97739, phone: 541-536-9771
TRAVEL GRANTS PASS (96 miles to Crater Lake) – Conveniently located on the I-5 corridor, Grants Pass is your perfect Crater Lake Country base camp with easy access to Crater Lake, Oregon Caves National Monument, and Southern Oregon Wine Country. The historic downtown is filled with local boutiques for tax-free shopping and restaurants that will delight your palate. The neighboring Applegate and Illinois Valleys provide local farm experiences as well as renowned wines. Don’t miss your chance for a world-class river experience on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, whether it’s on a jet boat, the paddled pub, fishing, or a whitewater rafting adventure. Travel Grants Pass, VISITOR CENTER: 198 SW 6th Street, Grants Pass, Phone 541-450-6180.
TRAVEL MEDFORD (Interstate 5, 76 miles to Crater Lake) – Infuse your life with the unexpected sights, sounds, and experiences of the Rogue Valley. With more than 200 days of sunshine a year, Medford and the Rogue Valley radiate with outdoor opportunities – Play nine, find a trail, paddle across a lake, zip-line above riverbed, or choose your own adventure. Dotted with boutique vineyards and breathtaking wine trails, the hills of Medford and surrounding Rogue Valley offer more than 70 varieties of wine. Named a top global wine destination, marvel as you unearth undiscovered varietals one sip at a time. Diverse culinary experiences abound with internationally-prized food like Rogue Creamery, Harry and David and Lillie Belle Farms. Medford’s foodie scene is an extension of our roots: organic farmers, master cheesemakers, brew aficionados, and innovative chefs. Find electrifying theater among intimate crowds with some of the best live performances on the West Coast. Medford and the Rogue Valley bring you a diverse repertoire of high-caliber performances, live shows and outdoor productions. Sip Wine. Run Rapids. Play nine. Explore Trails. Create Stories. Visit Medford. VISITOR INFORMATION: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, 1-800-469-6307.
TRAVEL LANE COUNTY (Crater Lake 176 miles via Hwy 58 or 173 miles I-5 via Cottage Grove) – Take a Cascades road trip to Crater Lake. On your way, visit the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center (in Eugene) to learn about road conditions, weather, free maps, and points of interest. Discover in the Eugene and Springfield areas wineries, breweries, performing and visual arts activities, outdoor recreation sites and sports. The Hwy 58 route takes you via Oakridge, The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest. Along this route is Salt Creek Falls, Oregon’s second highest continuous waterfall. Another route option goes south on I-5 to Roseburg via Cottage Grove. Take a ride on the designated Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway and explore a city with the largest concentration of historic covered bridges west of the Mississippi. Visitor Center Location: 754 Olive Street, Eugene, 541-484-5307.
GOLD BEACH & BANDON (Highway 101, Gold Beach 221 miles, Bandon 187 miles to Crater Lake) – Many Crater Lake visitors don’t realize that combining a tour of Oregon’s spectacular South Coast is very doable with a visit to the Park. There are numerous routes that connect the coast to the Park. You can either start or end your trip with a coastal experience. The highlights of any South Coast visit are the towns of Bandon and Gold Beach. Bandon (Visitor Center location: 300 Second Street, Old Town, Bandon, OR, Phone: 1.541.347.9616) is a charming and unspoiled town that is world-famous as the home of Bandon Dunes, one of the top golf destinations in the world. Gold Beach (Visitor Center location: 94080 Shirley Lane, Gold Beach, OR, Phone: 1.800.525.2334) is where the Rogue River meets the sea. It is home to jetboat trips, easily accessible beaches, and great fishing. To learn more about both towns, see Attraction listings.