The deepest lake in the U.S., Crater Lake is absolutely stunning with its incredibly intense sapphire hue. Combined with its sheer surrounding cliffs which soar to almost 2,000 feet, it’s a sight that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime. Created by the collapse of Mount Mazama over 7,500 years ago, its gloriously tranquil waters reflect the peaks that envelop it, like a vast blue mirror. With that striking blue color contrasted against the white of the snow it’s even more spectacular.
If nothing else, winter at the rim of Crater Lake is an ideal time to absorb the beauty and power of nature at its finest. If you can bring snowshoes or skis to explore it, arriving in the morning for the best light.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.