5 days in Crater Lake National Park, Yosemite National Park & Reno Itinerary

5 days in Crater Lake National Park, Yosemite National Park & Reno Itinerary

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5 days in Crater Lake National Park, Yosemite National Park & Reno Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Crater Lake National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  11​h
2
Wawona
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Reno
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
End: Portland

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park road trip planning tool .

Portland to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Portland in September, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). You will leave for Wawona on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wawona trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Crater Lake National Park to Wawona takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, Wawona is a bit warmer than Crater Lake National Park - with highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Reno.

Things to do in Wawona

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our Reno route planner.

Getting from Wawona to Reno by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Wawona in September, things will get little chillier in Reno: highs are around 83°F and lows about 52°F. On the 24th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Reno

Historic Sites
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Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral ©
Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

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