Destination guide

Discover a natural wonder at Crater Lake

A natural delight in south-central Oregon, Crater Lake offers a postcard-perfect setting where sapphire-blue water sits against a backdrop of old-growth forests and the sheer remains of the collapsed Mount Mazama. The scenic surroundings serve up an idyllic setting for outdoor adventure, with hiking, wildlife watching and lake cruises all on the agenda. Whether you're enjoying a break with friends or quality time with the family, Crater Lake vacation rentals place you close to the action. You'll find many within a quick jaunt of the array of activities and attractions at Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do

Culture near Crater Lake

Add a little culture to your visit to Crater Lake with trips to the Klamath Museum and Favell Museum of Western Art & Artifacts, or by catching a performance at the Ross Ragland Theater and Cultural Center. Also in the backyard of Crater Lake vacation rentals is the chance to tour the past at the Collier Memorial State Park & Logging Museum's pioneer village or experience an epic adventure at the Crater Lake Zipline. Travelers hoping to get a downtown fix will find the main streets of Chiloquin and Klamath Falls offer an enticing mix of stores and dining spots.


Outdoor adventure at Crater Lake

Outdoor activities take center stage here, and whether you're visiting in summer or winter, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the fruits of Mother Nature's labor. In the summer months, hiking, fishing and volcanic lake cruises, as well as visits to Wizard Island, are on the wish list of most travelers. As things turn cooler, ample snowfall in the area turns the focus on snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and sledding. All year round, an hour or so's drive to Chiloquin's Train Mountain Train Ride & Museum is a lovely way to enjoy the scenery.


Seasonal delights at Crater Lake

The most popular time to visit Crater Lake is during the summer months of July through September, mainly due to the availability of trails and facilities during the sunny days that mark the season. Fall can be a lovely time to take a road trip through the colorful trees lining the almost 500-mile All American Road, while the months of November through March sees the landscape give itself over to the whims of winter sports enthusiasts. Travelers wishing to encounter fewer crowds and perhaps get a more attractive rate on a Crater Lake vacation rental often stay during late spring.

Natural features

Volcanic views at Crater Lake

Nestled in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake National Park is home to the Rim Drive, an iconic road that circles the lake and offers views of the area's various volcanic formations, including the landmark Phantom Ship. On the southwestern lakeshore, the Rim Village Visitor Center offers a look at the history of the lake as well as a selection of ranger-led activities. Beyond the midnight-blue waters of the lake, old-growth conifers provide shelter to elk, black bears and spotted owls, all of which will likely feature on the must-see list of wildlife watchers.

Where to stay around Crater Lake?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 145 vacation rentals near Crater Lake. From 18 Cabins to 77 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Crater Lake for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Crater Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crater Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Willamette Valley: 2,282 vacation rentals
  • Klamath Falls: 128 vacation rentals
  • Cascade Range: 7,680 vacation rentals
  • Central Oregon: 3,095 vacation rentals
  • Crater Lake National Park: 168 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Crater Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Crater Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Crater Lake:

  • Klamath Falls: 128 rentals
  • Chiloquin: 104 rentals
  • Crescent: 19 rentals
  • Eagle Point: 276 rentals
  • Trail: 22 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.