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Snowshoeing at Crater Lake National Park

Snowshoeing at Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is by far one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever visited. Located in Southern Oregon, the park is home to the famous Crater Lake. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the area several times, during all four seasons. However, one of the best trips I’ve ever taken was snowshoeing at Crater Lake in the winter. The drive from Seattle to Crater Lake National Park is about six and a half hours long. This may not be a quick weekend getaway from town, but it’s well worth the trip. If you’d rather fly, you have a few different options. There are airports in Medford, Eugene, and Bend. Crater Lake is located pretty much in-between all three Oregon cities. The drive from Medford and Bend to Crater Lake is a little more than 90 minutes. From Eugene, it is a little more than two hours. Measuring 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the ninth deepest lake in the entire world....

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White Water Rafting on the Deschutes River

White Water Rafting on the Deschutes River

Bend, Oregon is one of those tourist destinations that offers nearly every outdoor recreational activity you can imagine. Outdoor enthusiast have plenty to do during the summer with activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, mountain biking, and rafting at their finger tips. While all of it is fun, my favorite thing to do in Bend during the hot summer months is white water rafting on the Deschutes River. The Central Oregon town of Bend is a bit of a trek from Seattle. The drive is a little less than six hours, and includes going through Portland. Depending on when you drive through the city (and if you hit traffic) that drive can get shorter or longer. Once you are past Portland (which is about the half way mark) the views are spectacular. Eastern Oregon is a beautiful part of the country, with big open spaces and beautiful scenery. You are also likely to spot wildlife along the way. Bend sits right on the Deschutes River and is...

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