USA/OR: Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in the USA and the fifth oldest. The park is the caldera of en extinct volcano Mount Mazama, now filled with beautiful cobalt-blue lake. The lake is roughly circular and 1,949 feet (594 m) deep at its deepest point, making it the deepest lake in the USA and the entire Western Hemisphere and the third deepest in the world. The 4,000-foot-deep (1,200 m) caldera formed 7,700 years ago during the violent climactic eruptions and subsequent collapse of Mount Mazama. The circular road leads all around the lake along the caldera with many viewpoints and overlooks (with most of them being kind of similar – same beautiful blue lake beneath you).