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Peaks with endless views, a historic town that mixes cosmo cool with genuine friendliness, a lifetime of world-class outdoor bliss, and 16 craft breweries along the legendary Bend Ale Trail. If you crave adventure, you belong in Bend. visitbend.com
BEND Itâ€™s where you go to play
There’s a reason everyone’s buzzing about Bend. Make that a dozen reasons, or a thousand reasons, or—you know what? We stopped counting.
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Instead, we count snow-capped mountain peaks and the number of footsteps along the tree-lined trail that leads to an icy-clear lake. We count hawks soaring over craggy crimson cliffs and giggles from kids whose faces are smeared with ice cream and whose hearts are f illed with vacation memories to last a lifetime. In Bend, Oregon, we make everything count. Let us show you how.
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W E DA R E YOU TO F IN D A BE TTE R N IGHTâ€™S SLEEP Play. Eat. SLEEP. Repeat.
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SLEEP RESTED IN BEND When it comes to vacation lodging, we all have different needs. Some of us crave sticky s’mores in a tent beneath the stars, while others want luxury spa services and a frosty drink to sip by the pool. It’s all good in Bend, where you’ll f ind every kind of lodging you can dream of. Craving the coziness of a bed & breakfast? Bend has several to choose from, with a few within walking distance of downtown Bend and historic Drake Park. If you prefer the privacy of your own vacation home, you’ll love the variety of options scattered throughout town. Many Bend vacation rentals include bonus perks like hot tubs, standup paddleboards, and bikes that make it easy for you to pedal your way from your front door to your favorite brewery. You’ll f ind homes big enough to accommodate your family reunion, or small enough to offer an intimate setting for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Mt. Bachelor. Planning a conference that calls for a state-of-the-art convention center with gorgeous views of the Deschutes River? You’re covered there, too. In fact, you can break up the monotony of meetings with a round of golf or a kayak outing for the whole team. Need family-friendly amenities to keep the kids happy and entertained? You’ll f ind properties in Bend with swimming pools, pickleball courts, rental bikes, and even organized outings like whitewater raft tours guaranteed to give the whole family a lifetime of vacation memories. And hey, if you’re here on a budget and just want a no-frills room that’s clean and inviting, we’re happy to recommend our favorite low-cost options. You’ll love what Bend has to offer whether you’re pinching pennies or splurging on the vacation of a lifetime. No matter where you rest your head, your dreams will always be sweeter in Bend.
Whether you fancy an upscale, award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, or a trusted chain conveniently located on the highway, Bend can hook you up. And don’t feel you need to choose between being close to restaurants and shopping or enjoying a quiet spot in the woods with your own private Jacuzzi. In Bend, you can have it all! We’ve got oodles of cozy hideaways tucked along the river near the Old Mill District or on the road to
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A DVEN TURE IS O U T THERE Bend, Oregon - Itâ€™s where you go to play
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B E N D H A S A M I L L I O N WAY S TO P L AY If Bend is the outdoor playground of the West, you should know this is no ordinary jungle gym. Tucked between snow-covered peaks and high desert plateaus, Bend has evolved from a sleepy lumber town to an international mecca for active vacationers and people who crave the outdoors. Play is non-negotiable during your visit to Bend, Oregon. Your morning coffee is still warm when you hit the Cascade Mountains and the Deschutes National Forest just minutes outside Bend. You can carve fresh tracks on the snow-covered slopes of Mt. Bachelor, cast a fly into the trout-filled waters of the Deschutes River, or hike trails with soul-stirring views of the Three Sisters Mountains. Inner child unleashed, you’re up for more. And don’t forget your sunscreen: Bend has nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. Back in town, afternoon temperatures are warm, so it’s off with the jacket and out with the clubs. Be picky if you like— the Bend area offers more than two dozen scenic, challenging golf courses from the industry’s top course designers. The last hole lands you at the start of hundreds of miles of spectacular singletrack mountain biking trails. Road biking? How about 100 miles of organic eye candy—the Cascade Lakes Highway alongside stunning alpine lakes, or choose one of the state-designated Oregon Scenic Bikeways routes.
before you set your kickstand on the fringe of an outdoor amphitheater beside the sparkling Deschutes River. With your toes in the grass and music on the breeze, it’s a perfect way to fuel your soul. Speaking of the Deschutes, it’s also home to fly fishing enthusiasts, rafters, kayakers, and inflatable tubers. Got an urge to try something new? Local outfitters can hook you up with a standup paddleboard and a quick lesson to have you skimming the glassy surface of the river in minutes. Still got the urge to splash? Check out the state-of-the-art Bend Whitewater Park with three separate channels for all skill levels. Experts will love the Whitewater Channel that features four distinct man-made waves where you can test your mettle on a surfboard or whitewater kayak. You can opt for a more mellow series of rapids as you groove through the Passageway Channel in your heavy-duty inner tube. And don’t think playtime has to end once the sun goes down. A starlight canoe paddle or moonlight snowshoe outing can be added to your adventure list with a quick call to Wanderlust Tours. No matter how you choose to play, recess time never ends in Bend. Get out there and enjoy it.
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A H I K I N G H AV E N Hiking is one of the easiest—and most rewarding— activities to add to your Bend bucket list. It’s also one of the most popular activities for Bend visitors and locals alike, and with good reason. Bend boasts more than 50 miles of in-town trails, and thousands of acres of hikable terrain just outside the city limits. Choose from urban trails you can tackle in sandals and conclude with a frosty margarita, or more challenging hikes that leave your heart pounding and your head spinning with awe at the stunning mountaintop vistas. From caves to desert terrain to alpine trails dotted with wildf lowers, there’s a little of everything in Bend. Perhaps Bend’s best-known hike is Pilot Butte State Park. This 500-foot cinder cone is what makes Bend one of just a handful of U.S. towns with a dormant volcano within the city limits, and you can hike all the way to the top. Take the mile-long paved road (watch for cars!) or the mile-anda-half dirt trail to the summit. Once you’re there, spend a moment savoring the 360-degree views of the Cascade Mountains to the west and the expansive high desert to the east. It’s a great way to orient yourself to the layout of the city. Like your hikes with a side of water? You’ll f ind tons of trails running alongside the mighty Deschutes River, with options that range from easy to more challenging. The upper Deschutes River Trail makes a great starting point if you kick things off at the Meadow Camp Day Use Area off Century Drive. Follow the river’s edge as far as you want to go, scoping out Benham Falls and Dillon Falls along the way if your boots choose to carry you that far. If Central Oregon’s endless desert is what drew you here, you owe it to yourself to scope out the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. At 30,000 acres, the area is vast and wild, but still simple enough for the average hiker to explore in small chunks. You’ll see ancient junipers, craggy volcanic
formations, and soaring hawks overhead. There are several trailheads off Highway 20 East, or head north toward the Larry Chitwood Trail located off Dodds Road. Can’t get enough of the unique volcanic landscapes in Central Oregon? Check out the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Start at the Lava Lands Visitor Center and catch a shuttle to the top of Lava Butte for a quick loop hike around the top. Then head over to Lava River Cave for a little spelunking, or visit Paulina Falls for stunning views of this 80-foot waterfall. After lunch at Paulina Lake Lodge, spend time hiking around Paulina Lake or East Lake before detouring to the Big Obsidian Flow to amble through endless f ields of glittery, glass-like obsidian. For more bucket list hikes to add to your Bend agenda, check out the suggestions on the next page. Oh, and before we forget, have you noticed how pristine and lovely it is in Central Oregon’s great outdoors? You can help us keep it that way! Follow Leave No Trace practices when you’re out on the trails, and pack out anything you’ve packed in. For more ideas on tending to Bend’s special places, check out visitbendlikealocal.com.
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Like waterfalls? Then you’ll love a visit to Tumalo Falls, with its crashing whitewater and meandering trails lined with towering evergreens. Your viewpoint of the 89-foot waterfall is just a few steps from the parking lot, but don’t stop there. Hike another f ive minutes to the top of the waterfall for a different point of view, or continue on upstream along Tumalo Creek. You can hike a mile along this trail to scope out some smaller waterfalls, or continue on a total of four miles to Happy Valley. Retrace your steps from there to get back. The Tumalo Falls area is extremely popular and has limited parking, so it’s a great chance to plan ahead and carpool.
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We know, we know . . . Smith Rock State Park is on everyone’s bucket list, which means parking lots and trails can be crowded in peak season. Want an insider tip? Head for Gray Butte instead and enjoy sweeping vistas of Smith Rock without all the crowds. Gray Butte is a Crooked River National Grassland peak just north of Smith Rock State Park. Start at the trailhead on the northern f lank and hike the trail around the peak. You can also head up the gated road to the 5,108-foot summit. Make sure you bring plenty of water so you can sit and sip and enjoy those hard-earned views!
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With so many jaw-droppingly gorgeous bodies of water off the Cascade Lakes Highway, it’s tough to pick just one. Luckily, you don’t have to. Pop in at Todd Lake for a scenic 1.25-mile hike on a trail that circles the lake and offers mezmerizing views of wildf lowers in mid-summer. Parking lot’s full? Just hop back in the car and drive 10 minutes up the highway to Devils Lake for a stunning mile in-and-out hike around a sparkling, spring-fed pool of green water. Want another option? Keep cruising the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway to enjoy postcard views of the mountains as you head toward Cultus Lake. Grab lunch at the lodge before renting a canoe or jet ski to explore the lake in style.
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Just a stone’s throw from Bend, Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 54,000+ acres of lakes, lava f lows, waterfalls, and geologic wonders you won’t see anywhere else in the world. The highest point is the summit of Paulina Peak at 7,985 ft, and the view from the top includes the Cascade Mountains and Newberry Caldera. The caldera stretches across 17 square miles in the heart of a shield volcano that spans 1,200 square miles (about the size of Rhode Island). Geologists believe the caldera sits over a shallow magma body only two-to-f ive kilometers deep, so this is your chance to survey cinder cones and vents, miles of basalt f lows, and glittering rhyolite f lows of obsidian.
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B I K E TOW N U S A Maybe you’re a hardcore mountain biker with a lust for log jumps and pump tracks. Maybe you’re a beginner whose only noteworthy cycling experience is pedaling to the end of the driveway to get the mail. No matter which category you belong to, Bend has a world-class urban trail system and more than 300 miles of varied singletrack right outside town. That means no matter how you like to ride, you’ll find your pedal paradise here in Bike Town USA. Mountain Bike Action magazine named Bend “The Best Mountain Biking Town in America,” and we’re not surprised. With an amazing trail system offering cross-country paths and gorgeous scenery around every turn, your mountain biking adventure will include all the forests, lakes, cliffs, waterfalls, rivers, and wildlife you can handle. Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours offers a wide range of touring options for all skill levels, and even several shuttle options to make carpooling a cinch. Mt. Bachelor’s downhill mountain bike park features lift-served trails that offer exhilarating downhill rides over natural and constructed terrain. Feeling more mellow? Rent a cruiser bike and pedal paved pathways along the Deschutes River through downtown and the Old Mill District. You can make it a family affair by renting a four-wheeled surrey bike from Wheel Fun Rentals in the Old Mill. If you like the option of power-assisted pedaling, you’ll find several companies in town that rent electric bikes and even offer tours.
Want some company? Nearly all of Bend’s bike shops sponsor fun group rides during the week and on weekends with special long rides staged year round throughout the cycling season. Catch the annual Tour des Chutes or Cog Wild’s Bend Bike and Brew Weekend which combines three days of riding with Bend’s best beer. If road cycling is more your jam, you won’t want to miss the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway. It’s part of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeway program which establishes signed bike routes on roads and bike paths that provide access to national, state, or regional resources “of superlative quality and scenic splendor.” We have four of these designated road cycling routes connecting the communities of Central Oregon, which includes bikeways on McKenzie Pass, a route from Sisters to Smith Rock, and Bend’s first scenic bikeway, the Twin Bridges Loop. To see a different side of Bend’s cycling scene, come in the fall when Cyclocross is in full swing. Bend landed on the Cyclocross map by hosting several USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships over the years. Come in October for the Halloween Cross Crusade, which is the centerpiece of an entire themed weekend festival weekend each October. The four-race “Thrilla” Cyclocross series takes place every September and even the kiddos can get down and dirty with a variety of kiddie cross races. The community of Bend loves Cyclocross racing, so look for more races to come and get your cowbell ready.
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RUN, RUN An abundance of year-round sunshine and the unique high desert topography of Bend have made it a trail runner’s dream town. Even when there’s snow in the mountains, miles of desert trails wind through sagebrush, manzanita, and volcanic rock formations at lower elevations. With 51 miles of intown trails maintained by the Bend Park & Recreation District, and hundreds of miles of mountain biking, cross country, and hiking trails a short drive from town, it’s no wonder Bend was named “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by the editors of Outside magazine. Bend was also the chosen site for the USA Track & Field Trail Half Marathon, 50k, and Mountain Running National Championships. For some of Bend’s most popular daily runs, you don’t even need to jump in the car. You’ll f ind 11 miles of dirt path meandering along the Deschutes River at opposite ends of town. Start out at First Street Rapids Park and
you’ll probably catch a glimpse of kayakers playing in the whitewater. Dip into Archie Briggs Canyon, alive with wildf lowers in the summer, and shades of orange, yellow, and red in the fall. At the other end of town, the Deschutes River Trail starts at Farewell Bend Park and makes an easy three-mile loop past gurgling rapids and waterfalls. Some of the most picturesque sections of the trail begin off Century Drive before the Widgi Creek Golf Course. Weave through lava f lows and the Big Eddy Recreation Site, a popular rapid for Bend whitewater rafting companies. To scope out another side of Bend, hit the Larkspur Trail. This trail connects Pilot Butte State Park and Larkspur Park on the east side of Bend. Add an additional mile (and some elevation gain!) to your run by going up to the top of Pilot Butte to enjoy 360-degree views of the city.
In Bend, it’s pretty easy to lose track of time when you’re out on a road run. With miles and miles of paved trails that lead to even more miles of low-traff ic roads, f inding a route to lose yourself on is pretty easy to do. If you’re looking to avoid traff ic, check out the paved trails in and around the Old Mill District, or head a few miles south to explore the six(ish) mile Sun-Lava Path that takes you from the Lava Lands Visitor Center all the way to Benham Falls. If you’re more of a run-on-the-road type of person, many of the same roads that guide you along the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway are perfect for striding it out.
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We get it, some runners like it dirty. And who are we to argue otherwise? It’s no secret that Bend is one of the best trail running towns in the country, and for good reason. The Deschutes River Trail, which begins in town and continues all the way to Sunriver, offers several starting and jumping off points (plus several places to take a swim if you’re in need of cooling off). In the wintertime, head out to Maston or east to the Badlands, where snow is scarce and the views are endless. When you’re done, don’t forget to head to the closest microbrewery, because legend has it that Bend beer is the best recovery drink in all of the land. Cheers!
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P L AY L I K E A L OC A L If there’s one thing that Bendites do well, it’s playing. Whether you’re playing outside biking, hiking, or skiing; or playing inside at the rock gym, the Mountain Air Trampoline Park, or Sun Mountain Fun Center, these tips below (part of our Visit Like a Local campaign) will make sure your bases are covered when you head out on your next adventure. Because, after all, Bend is where you go to play.
Bend is made for wandering, but this is one time we’ll kindly request you keep your travels on the beaten path. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or just out for a leisurely stroll, staying on marked trails preserves the pristine views for all and protects natural habitats for wildlife (and let’s face it, they’re the real locals). Wander on, friends! On the trail, that is.
SH OW SOME T ENDERNESS TO T HE T RAILS
You know it’s just basic good manners to
PACK IT IN, PAC K IT OUT pick up and pack out your trash after your picnic, at the end of your river f loat, or when the outdoor concert winds down. Want to earn some extra karma points? Do leave it as you found it one better and pick up a little extra rubbish along the way. The people who visit after you say thanks…and so do we.
They don’t call this the high desert for nothing;
FI L L . SWILL. REF ILL. it’s easy to get parched here. But the goal with
hydration is to f ill your personal tank, not the landf ill. Scrap the crappy plastic bottle and upgrade to a reusable receptacle. Bend is such a fan of ref illable bottles we’ve grown great companies that make them in all shapes and sizes (even dog bowls!); Hydro Flask, DrinkTanks and Ruffwear to name a few. Grab your favorite and quench your every thirst…except your thirst for adventure!
If you don’t have a dog, go borrow one, because Bend
WAG L I K E A LOCA L locals love their four-legged friends. Visit one of our
many dog parks to see why the city was named the nation’s dog-friendliest by Dog Fancy magazine. If you’re out and about with Fido, obey the leash laws and do your duty when he does his doody. At the end of the day, make sure rover gets a treat. He’s earned it!
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WA S H I T A L L AWAY Nothing in the world compares to the splashy bliss of an afternoon spent canoeing, kayaking, f loating, or standup paddleboarding on the mighty Deschutes. This crystal-clear river winds its way through the heart of the city, so you can savor your Bend sightseeing with the gentle current lapping at your toes. New to aquatic adventure? Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe offers lessons of all kinds, whether you’re eager to kayak, SUP, or master your canoe paddling skills. They’re one of several local outf itters offering gear rentals, too, including the much-desired f loat tubes you’ll see bobbing along the river on a hot summer day. If f loating is in your plans, you’ll see the Bend Whitewater Park along the way. Open to the public and free for all to enjoy, this state-of-the-art park features a passage way, a
nature habitat channel, and a whitewater channel with waves created by electronically controlled pneumatic bladders. Both Sun Country Tours and Ouzel Outf itters offer whitewater rafting adventures guaranteed to leave your whole family with big grins and lasting memories. If f latwater is more your speed, head up to one of the high Cascade Lakes where you’ll f ind plenty of spots to dip your toes and paddles in the water. If you prefer a little engine revving in your water play, rent a jet ski or motorboat at Cultus Lake or Billy Chinook. No matter which lake or river is calling you, make sure you answer the call in Bend.
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GONE FISHIN’ Long before Bend became famous as a self-propelled sports enthusiasts’ destination, it was known for its fishing. In addition to year-round fishing for trout and steelhead, Bend is surrounded by nationally-renowned rivers, streams, and lakes that provide anglers with a mind-boggling abundance of world-class fishing. Rated by Fly Fisherman magazine as one of the top 10 fly fishing towns in the U.S., Bend is truly a fly fishing paradise. Cast your line over the fast-flowing Tumalo Creek below Tumalo Falls, the gin-clear Fall River south of town, or stretches of the Deschutes River either right in town or just a few miles outside Bend. There is no one best season for stream and river fishing, as sections of the Deschutes are open to fly anglers throughout the winter. In early summer, there’s a significant salmon fly hatch and, come fall, many big browns start to migrate from the Deschutes into smaller feeder streams.
ponds, is popular on Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoirs, and Davis Lake. Whether you feel like taking your fishing to the next level or just want to take the hassle out of ferreting out the best spots, you can book a fishing tour with several local outfitters. Choose from half-day outings or multi-day fishing adventures, and get access to all the best gear and tips. And if you’re looking for a simple way to introduce kids to fishing, the Bend Park and Recreation District offers two kid-friendly fishing ponds in Bend. The ponds are stocked by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and allow a limit of two fish per day with an eight inch minimum. Shevlin Park Pond features rainbow trout and is open to youth, 17 years and under. At Pine Nursery Park, the pond is open to all ages and stocked with rainbow trout, blue gills, and bass.
When it comes to lake fishing, the Cascade Lakes region is noted for its good-sized rainbows, especially in Crane Prairie Reservoir. For the ultimate challenge, try Hosmer Lake, home to large brookies and landlocked Atlantic salmon. Brush up on your skills at the 12-hole casting course in the Old Mill District. It’s the first permanent casting course in the country, and you can pick up a brochure at the Old Mill Ticket Mill. Except where otherwise noted, Bend area streams, rivers, and lakes are open to bait and spin fishing generally for rainbow, brook, and brown trout. Bass fishing, while limited mostly to
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CLIMB ON Known as the birthplace of modern American sport climbing, Smith Rock State Park is just 30 minutes from the north end of Bend. With towering basalt cliffs and endless blue skies, the area features some of the most cutting edge climbing routes in the world. There are literally thousands of established routes to choose from, with options for everyone from pro climbers to newbies to young kids. An international rock climbing destination, some of Smith Rock’s most renowned routes and climbing areas include Monkey Face, Mesa Verde Wall, The Dihedrals, and others providing a variety of challenges for all skill levels. Smith Rock State Park encompasses 651 acres on the Oregon high desert plateau, which hovers around 3,000 feet in elevation. Hiking trails boast spectacular views of the surrounding area, including the Crooked River, which winds its way around and through the park. Smith Rock’s major rock faces are composed of welded tuff (compressed volcanic ash) reaching a height of up to 550 feet. The picnic and tent camping areas sit on top of the rimrock, which is made up of columnar basalt and provides dramatic views of the Crooked River, climbing routes, and climbers. Want to try your hand at climbing? You’ll f ind several outf itters and climbing schools in the area, equipped to have your whole family safely scaling rock faces in no time. You’ll also f ind gear shops and restaurants nearby to ensure you have everything you need to safely enjoy your adventure.
But don’t feel like you need to scale cliff walls to fully appreciate Smith Rock. You’ll f ind plenty of hiking trails that require no ropes at all. Keep an eye out for eagles, osprey, otters, deer, and other wildlife in the area, especially along the stunning Crooked River. Though Smith Rock is a year-round climbing destination, summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees, and winter temperatures often hover around freezing. Spring and fall are the most popular climbing months. The park and walkin tent camping are open year round. A $5 day use permit or a current state park camp receipt is needed for each vehicle. Yearly permits are available for $30, and day use permits are available from the self-service pay stations. Keep in mind that Smith Rock is a popular attraction and parking can be challenging in summertime and on weekends. Beat the crowds and visit Smith Rock on a weekday, or consider carpooling to reduce traff ic in the area. It’s also crucial to stay on marked trails to protect the fragile landscapes at Smith Rock. Take plenty of photos, but please leave only your footprints! Interested in other climbing areas around Central Oregon? In addition to Smith Rock State Park, Bend offers several other, lesser-known pockets of superb climbing. Check in with one of the local guides or shops for suggestions and directions to other climbing locations in town.
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THE DESCHUTES RIVER IS THE HEART OF CENTRAL OREGON
FA M I L Y F U N BUCKET LIST This cherished, 652-acre regional park has a paved road and three developed picnic sites, but most of the park remains undeveloped. Shevlin Park is less than four miles from downtown Bend, but feels like a whole different world. Lovely Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges providing opportunities to cross over to the newest section of the park, the Shevlin Conservation Easement. Shevlin Park is the perfect location for hiking, jogging, nature watching, f ishing, cross country skiing, and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system providing for both summer and winter uses. The park is also home to Aspen Hall, a lodge-like facility that can be rented for weddings and family reunions.
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Voted the #1 attraction in Bend by TripAdvisor, the High Desert Museum has been a Central Oregon treasure since 1982. With 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s a must see for families. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife such as eagles, owls, otters, porcupines, reptiles, and more. Visit with living history characters from the Old West at the Miller Ranch or in the boomtown of Silver City. Explore high desert art, culture, and history through daily programs. Don’t miss the popular Raptors of the Desert Sky exhibit, which features hawks, owls, falcons, and even a turkey vulture f lying right overhead. A museum curator narrates the action and introduces the hunting strategies and natural behaviors of these spectacular birds of prey.
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People travel from all over the world to Central Oregon in search of the perfect rock. Tens of thousands of rockhounds of all ages come to the area from as far away as Japan and New Zealand to seek their very own hidden treasure to bring home as an artifact of this diverse landscape. Most are looking for agates, jasper, or obsidian. Thundereggs are Oregon’s state rock, and there are several sites around the region where you can f ind these magnif icent stones f illed with glittering crystals. To get started, stop by the Bend Visitor Center to purchase a rockhounding map. Remember to pack plenty of water and snacks, since many rockhounding sites are remote and far removed from facilities.
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If Mt. Bachelor’s reputation for epic ski conditions has you assuming it’s not a year-round option for families, think again. Summertime brings disc golf, swooping rides through the downhill bike park, and dry-land sled dog rides in a wheeled cart. Cap off your evening of fun with a scenic chairlift ride to a sunset dinner at 7,775-feet, followed by a post-dinner lift ride under the stars. When winter rolls around, Mt. Bachelor’s kids-ski-free program offers a budgetfriendly option for families. For a change of pace, hit the Snowblast Tubing Park or plan an unforgettable sled dog ride for the whole family. If Nordic skiing is more your family’s style, you’ll be happy to know Mt. Bachelor boasts the longest groomed Nordic season in North America, running from mid-November through late-May (and often into June!)
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FA M I L Y F U N Bend is a playground for all ages, but the merry-go-round is so much merrier with young ‘uns along for the ride. At the High Desert Museum, get up close with wildlife like eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, wild cats, porcupines, otters, reptiles, fish, and more. Chat with the live history re-enactors, including high desert stagecoach drivers, explorers, and a family of homesteaders at an authentic 1880 cabin from a mustang ranch. Want an organized outing that’s fun for the whole family? Set out with Wanderlust Tours and explore Bend’s unique landscapes with a volcano or cave tour. For an extra-tasty treat, visit Goody’s to see why they were named one of the nation’s top ice cream factory tours by Frommers. If hunting for fossils and thunder eggs sounds like a fun adventure for your family, stop by the Bend Visitor Center for a rockhounding map.
At Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, an indoor 25-meter pool is equipped with diving board, rope swing, and wading pool. If you’d rather cool off in the river, snag free rental life jackets for the whole family from Sun Country Tours. They also rent float tubes and standup paddleboards. Visiting Bend in the winter months? Try a spin on the ice rink at The Pavilion near the Old Mill District or a thrilling sled dog tour at Mt. Bachelor. It’s easy for youngsters to get their first taste of skiing at Mt. Bachelor with a plethora of lesson options and their popular kids-ski-free program. If you’re craving indoorsy fun for the whole family, check out Sun Mountain Fun Center where you can choose from bowling, arcade games, billiards, or bumper cars. The warmer months offer outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, and batting cages. Need to get the wiggles out? Hit the new Mountain Air Trampoline Park or Bouncin’ Off the Walls for a fun way to burn off that extra energy.
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Prefer to spend your vacation seeing the sights instead of studying the map? Consider adding a guided tour to your Bend agenda.
human-pedal-powered cycle ‘round. They’ll tailor a tour to meet your interests, whether you are looking to explore Bend’s history, art, or just know more about Bend’s beer.
If winter recreation is your scene, book a snowshoe trip with award-winning, geo-tourism outfitter Wanderlust Tours. They’ll take you out for an unforgettable moonlight or starlight tour—complete with a roaring bonfire—or tour by the light of day. Wanderlust Tours has you covered for summertime fun as well, with canoe and kayak trips on the Cascade Lakes. You can even discover the hidden underground world of Central Oregon’s caves and volcanoes.
For a fun twist on seeing the sights, try an electric bike tour that gives you the option of pedaling or powering up those hills.
Maybe mountain biking is more your style, so take a trip with Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and let a professional lead you to the best trails. They provide the bikes, gear, and will even pick you up at your Bend hotel. Favorite trips include the Mt. Bachelor to Bend ride and the Cascade Mountains loop with stops for high lakes swimming.
If snapping pictures while walking is more your style, plan a Photo Walk of Bend tour from Cascade Center of Photography. You’ll see the sights of downtown and area parks, plus get some photo tips from a pro.
Looking for river adventures? Ouzel Outfitters and Sun Country Tours lead exhilarating rafting excursions on the Deschutes, McKenzie, and North Umpqua Rivers for the perfect family trip or a week-long whitewater getaway. For a shorter rafting trip close to town, check out Sun Country Tours’ Big Eddy Thriller. Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe also offers full and half-day canoe, kayak, and standup paddleboarding tours.
Get your giddyup on with a horse-drawn carriage tour from Cowboy Carriage. You’ll cruise through neighborhoods and shopping districts with great views of the river and fun historical insights from your guide.
The Deschutes Historical Museum conducts historic tours of downtown Bend, and even offers a free app for those who’d rather go at their own pace. Be sure to catch their special–and spooky–haunted tours happening around Halloween. Want a high-octane option? Try an outing with Bend Jeep Tours for an off-road experience you won’t forget. For an even wilder trip, book with Outriders Northwest for the ultimate all-terrain adventure.
If you like your adventure a bit more low-key, The Bend Tour Company offers a number of intriguing tours. Hop in an electric-powered car, cruise on a Segway, or take a seat in the
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LET IT SNOW In the early 1900s, Norwegian and Swedish immigrants arrived in Bend to work in the town’s flourishing timber mills. With them came skiing, and ever since, snow sports have been staples of Bend’s winter sports scene. With more than 4,300 acres of lift-accessible terrain, Mt. Bachelor is a must-do on your vacation bucket list. It’s the resort with the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington, with enough steeps and trees to keep extreme skiers and riders happy. When it comes to snow, Mt. Bachelor has the best powder conditions of any West Coast resort and one of the longest seasons, with operations through the end of May (and occasional Fourth of July skiing after an especially good winter!) Mt. Bachelor is also known for their popular kids-ski-free program. If you’re contemplating terrain park and halfpipe action, Mt. Bachelor delivers: catch air in six terrain parks and a 400-foot-long Superpipe with 18-foot walls. If Nordic skiing is more your scene, start your adventure at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center. The area boasts 55 kilometers of groomed trails for skate and classic skiing, and the longest groomed Nordic season in North America. A bit closer to town off Century Drive, there are close to 30 kilometers of groomed trails at the Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. For those who prefer un-groomed but marked trails, the Swampy Lake and Edison Sno-Park trails are an ideal way to escape the hustle and bustle and glide into the serene. You can even Nordic ski with your pooch on the dog-friendly trail at Wanoga Sno-Park. Are you an experienced backcountry skier? With the Three Sisters Wilderness and its volcanic peaks and cinder cones so close, Bend’s backcountry skiing is among the most accessible in the country. Try Tumalo Mountain just across the road from Mt. Bachelor for a great mix of open bowl and tree skiing. Head back into the wilderness for all-day trips featuring long climbs and descents. Guided backcountry trips can be arranged through Oregon Ski Guides. If you prefer to try it on your own, maps and supplies are available at local ski shops. Then, there’s snowshoeing—the wintertime cousin to hiking in Bend. Try Drake Park in the heart of Bend when there’s
snow in town, or head up along the Cascade Lakes Highway to scout out a variety of Sno-Parks along the way. Try the marked snowshoe trails at the Edison, Swampy Lakes, and Virginia Meissner Sno-Parks. You can also nab a free corridor pass from Bachelor’s Nordic Center to shoe your way to Todd Lake. Or, try an all-inclusive tour led by a naturalist guide at Wanderlust Tours. Invite your pup to join you on the dog-friendly snowshoe loop at Wanoga Sno-Park. In the mood to twirl around the ice? The Pavilion near the Old Mill District offers Central Oregon’s only full NHL-sized sheet of ice, which is perfect for everything from hockey games to family skate dates. You’ll also find rinks at Seventh Mountain Resort, Sunriver, and a small community rink in nearby Redmond. Nothing says family-friendly winter fun like sledding. Wanoga Sno-Park off the Cascade Lakes Highway offers kids and the kid-at-heart the opportunity to sled, build a snowman, and play in the snow to their hearts’ content. More tubing fun can be had at Mt. Bachelor’s Snowblast Tubing Park with an 800foot ride over rollers and slippery slopes. For a shot at one of the most unique wintertime activities around, consider a dogsledding adventure. Oregon Trail of Dreams dog sled tours leave from the Sunrise Lodge at Mt. Bachelor. Owned and operated by Jerry Scdoris and his daughter, Iditarod racer Rachael Scdoris, Oregon Trail of Dreams harnesses some of the sport’s top dog athletes for fun and exhilarating family rides. If you want to rev your engine, snowmobiliers will find more than 250 miles of groomed sled trails fan out into the mountains from a variety of Sno-Parks less than 15 minutes from downtown. For the adventurous, try an overnight excursion to Elk Lake Resort or to Paulina Lake and back.
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With more than two dozen courses around Central Oregon, it’s no wonder Bend has been dubbed “the Palm Springs of the North.” There are courses in the region to meet every skill level and budget, and Bend is even home to three courses ranked among Golf Digest magazine’s 2013-14 list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” So what makes golfing so great in the high desert? The upside of being shielded by the Cascade Mountains is that Bend enjoys a dry climate and plenty of sunshine—perfect for golf! Under blue skies that seem to go on forever, Bend’s golf courses will take your breath away. Enjoy the heart-stopping panorama of the snow-capped Cascades from the tees and greens of the several courses in the area. Craggy lava rock and ancient junipers present challenging obstacles at Pronghorn Resort’s Jack Nicklaus Course. At David McLay Kidd’s Tetherow, enjoy a links-style course amid stunning views of Bend’s icons: Mt Bachelor, Broken Top, and the Three Sisters. Towering pines and meandering streams punctuate the Audubon Sanctuary at Bob Cupp’s Crosswater course in Sunriver where an
osprey or an eagle may capture a trout next to the eighth green while you are trying to putt. Want to play some of the locals’ favorite courses? Check out Widgi Creek just off Century Drive and River’s Edge located right in the middle of town. And if traditional golf isn’t your scene, why not try a round of disc golf? There’s a popular course right in town at Pine Nursery Park on the east side of Bend. There’s also a course at Mt. Bachelor, which stretches from the top of Outback to the West Village base. Bring your endurance, a sense of adventure, and a sharp eye for this Professional Disc Golf Association-listed course!
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GET CULTURED If artists are inspired by breathtaking natural beauty, it’s no wonder Bend has one of the most vibrant art scenes in the Pacif ic Northwest. The city is home to nationallyrecognized artists, musicians, f ilmmakers, painters, writers, and much more. Enjoy movie theaters, museums, art galleries, and dinner theater throughout the year.
historic Tower Theatre, which features everything from concerts to plays to classic f ilms. The venue is a 1940s Art Deco Moderne theater that was fully rennovated in 2004 to become Bend’s premier stage. You can even rent the space for major events and conventions.
Bend is also home to countless festivals and events happening every single month of the year. From the Bend A Cappella Festival in February to the free Munch & Music concert series in Drake Park every summer to the BendFilm Festival in October, you can get your arts and culture f ix year round in Bend.
For more live music, get your groove on at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. The venue has attracted artists including Paul Simon, The Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones, and many more. Popular shows sell out during the summer, so get your tickets early at bendconcerts.com, then show up and get your groove on beside the sparkling Deschutes River.
Revel in Bend’s art scene the f irst Friday of each month during First Friday Art Walk. Live music f ills the streets as shops and art galleries stay open late to showcase artists and their work. Festivities in downtown Bend get underway at 5 p.m., but if you want an earlier start, the galleries in the Old Mill District kick things off at 4 p.m. That means you can browse Old Mill hotspots like A6 before heading downtown to nab dinner and enjoy more art hopping.
Want a different sort of music to make your heart sing? Check out OperaBend or High Desert Chamber Music and get your culture f ix while you’re here. If live jazz is your thing, don’t miss Jazz at the Oxford in Bend’s swanky Oxford Hotel happening October through March. Pro tip: Shows sell out fast, so buy tickets well in advance. Not to worry, though—Currents at the Riverhouse also offers a popular jazz series that kicks off in late fall and runs throughout the winter.
While you’re downtown, take a walk through one of the many alleys, which contain a world-class collection of local artwork as part of the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection. Speaking of public art, did you know Americans for the Arts honored Bend’s public sculptures as being among the most innovative approaches to public art in the country? You can scope out some of them along the Roundabout Art Route and even earn prizes for doing it.
Ever f ind yourself saying, “This art would be awesome if only I had otters a few feet away?” The High Desert Museum has you covered! While folks know them best as a place to check out wildlife and natural history, they’re also home to a vast collection of Native American art, along with rotating cultural exhibits and sculptures scattered around the campus.
For an awesome guided tour of Bend’s public arts scene, call John Flannery of The Bend Tour Company and book a Bend Art Safari tour. You’ll get plenty of laughs from your expert guide, not to mention intimate knowledge of Bend’s art scene. If you’re visiting Bend in August, don’t miss Art in the High Desert on the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Central Oregon’s premier juried f ine art and craft show showcases more than 100 artists from around the country and Canada. The event was ranked #10 out of 600 shows reviewed by Art Fair Sourcebook for sales of f ine art in 2016. If performing arts are your passion, take in a show at the
Want to know more about the various arts organizations that make all this awesome art possible in Bend? Check out the Arts, Beautif ication and Culture Commission of Bend as well as Art in Public Places. You can also read up on the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund (BCTF), which is a grant program dedicated to enhancing the local economy through the promotion and cultivation of Bend’s cultural tourism programs Oh, and if you ever f ind yourself in Bend during the month of October, be sure to check out all of the independent arts and cultural events happening during 10th Month. Find out more at tenthmonthbend.com.
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Art looks different in Bend, Oregon. It has skinned knees and a gleeful, good-time grin. It doesn’t sit stiff ly on the walls of some museum. Our art plays outside! With its abundance of sensory pleasures, it’s no surprise Bend can transform even the mundane into something truly breathtaking. That’s the spirit driving the world of art in Bend, and the fuel that feeds the Roundabout Art Route. The Roundabout Art Route is a collection of more than 20 pieces of public art on display throughout the city in the most unlikely places—at the center of Bend’s traff ic circles. The circles, also f illed with plants, f lowers, and trees, are designed to keep traff ic f lowing around the city. Each roundabout holds a unique display of art designed to enhance the cultural environment for Bend visitors and residents. It’s sponsored by Art in Public Places, a non-prof it organization dedicated to providing art to the community of Bend. In 2005, Americans for the Arts honored these sculptures as being among the most innovative approaches to public art in the country. The next art installations you’ll be seeing in Bend are the result of a successful fundraising campaign called Be Part of Art. Bend’s public art is a permanent part of what makes Bend so unique.
Want to play the game? It’s easy to do the Roundabout Art Route at your own pace. Simply pick up the map at the Bend Visitor Center and make your way to a minimum of 10 out of the roundabout sculptures in the city. Answer the trivia questions on your map and bring it back to the Bend Visitor Center for a fabulous prize. If you prefer to have a guided tour by one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides around, John Flannery of The Bend Tour Company offers a Bend Art Safari tour. You’ll visit all the top spots and learn unique, behind-the-scenes details about Bend’s most noteworthy public art. Want to guide yourself? Many bike shops in town offer rentals (of both traditional bikes or electric-powered bikes) that will allow you to explore the artsy side of Bend on two wheels. Think of it as an art tour for active souls, offering 360-degree views of art against the backdrop of the most beautiful, vibrant, and quirky town in the nation. Once you’ve completed the Roundabout Art Route, don’t forget to bring your completed map back to the Bend Visitor Center for a tasty and unique commemorative prize.
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S H O P T I L YO U D R O P You’ve gotten wrapped up in all Bend has to offer, so you’ll want a little something wrapped up to take home with you. The bonus: it’s all tax free! The cosmopolitan vibe of downtown Bend beckons you to indulge your passion for fashion, fine art, home décor, jewelry, and more. The scene is brimming with small, hip shops like Clementine Urban Mercantile, vintage Western boutique Cowgirl Cash, one-of-a-kind jewels by Karen Bandy Design, and quirkycool Dudley’s Bookshop Café with an abundant selection of coffee and snacks to enjoy while you browse for books.
retailers like TJ Maxx, Macy’s, and Kohl’s at the Bend River Promenade in the center of town. The Cascade Village Shopping Center flanks the north end of town with big-box retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenny, Best Buy, and Target. Pick up picnic supplies at Trader Joe’s before heading for the charming outdoor plaza featuring a fire pit in wintertime and a fountain where kids frolic in summertime.
Then head for the historic Old Mill District for brand-name national and local retailers. Look for the three towering silver smokestacks that were once part of the BrooksScanlon lumber mill from Bend’s timber era. The historic brick building has been converted into outdoor retailer REI, while popular chains like White House Black Market, Buckle, and Zumiez offer something for everyone. Local gems like Vanilla Urban Threads, Hello Sunshine, Nashelle Jewelry, and Ginger’s Kitchenware round out the eclectic mix, and the backdrop of the Deschutes River lets you scope out otters and kayakers while you scout for deals. If bargains are your bag, try the Bend Factory Stores on Bend’s south end to browse outlets by Nike, Coach, and Columbia Sportswear. For a more traditional shopping experience, visit
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Into antiques? You’ll find a unique selection of antique shops and thrift stores throughout Bend, including Iron Horse, Mountain High Coins & Collectibles, and Royal T. Antiques. Speaking of secondhand finds, Bend boasts an impressive array of consignment shops and other retailers offering gently-used treasures. Check out Redeaux or Revival Furnishings and Home Decor for household goods and furniture, or get your fashion fix at upscale consignment shops like Bag Ladies or Cosa Cura (bonus: Cosa Cura features goods from 130+ local labels and artists, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect one-of-a-kind souvenir).
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T R E AT YO S E L F It’s tempting to spend your whole vacation scurrying like a rabid squirrel to experience everything Bend has to offer. But several days of hiking, biking, skiing, shopping, and paddling, can leave your body feeling frazzled. Relax! You can recharge your batteries, pamper your body, and soothe your soul at one of a dozen decadent day spas around Bend. Bend is known to have some of the finest massage therapists in the country, working to alleviate the aches and pains of Central Oregon’s many professional athletes. Let a therapist at one of Bend’s world-class spas give you a deep tissue massage to lengthen muscles and provide lasting relief to specific pain areas. You can also try a hot stone massage, where heated basalt stones are used to increase blood flow and accelerate the healing process. Add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oils to reduce anxiety. If you need a pick me up, try basil, cinnamon, or rose. Craving something special for you and your sweetheart? Many local spas offer couples massages. Jinsei Spa has a special couples suite designed just for this purpose. If you haven’t gotten your fill of mud out on the trails, try
Spa W’s unique Moor Mud Body Mask. Want to have an inexpensive spa treatment while giving a local student some valuable experience? Check out Phagen’s Central Oregon Beauty College, where you can get a deluxe facial for just twenty-five bucks! If yoga is your ticket to relaxation, you’ll find many local studios have drop-in classes that welcome visitors. For a truly unique yoga experience, check out the aerial yoga classes at Wren and Wild. They also carry a unique selection of organic and natural beauty products designed to nourish the whole body from head to toe. Speaking of beauty products, did you know Angelina Organic Skincare is based in Bend? They offer small-batch natrual products for face and body, with many of their botanicals sourced from right here in Oregon. They even have a retail shop in downtown Bend so you can stockpile all your favorite goodies to take home with you.
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FIVE BILLION S TA R H OT E L Check out these areas for the best campsites near Bend, and don’t forget to always leave these places better than you found them. Locals sometimes refer to the Cascade Lakes Highway as the Highway to Heaven. If you’ve ever driven the road, you know why (and probably agree). Besides being the main road that delivers visitors to many popular (and less popular) hiking trails, more than 25 established campgrounds are accessible from the Cascade Lakes Highway. Most of the campgrounds along and off of the Cascade Lakes Highways do take reservations and f ill up quickly, so don’t delay and reserve today. As a friendly reminder, the Cascade Lakes Highway and the campgrounds are only open during the summer, opening normally around Memorial Day and closing at the f irst onset of winter.
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Similar to the Cascade Lakes Highway, this road connecting Central Oregon to the Willamette Valley has an equally endless number of places to pitch a tent or back in the RV. Starting in Sisters, you’ll f ind your f irst campground just off the Highway as you near Black Butte (yeah, that Black Butte that Deschutes Brewery’s world-famous porter is named after). Access to the Metolius River area campgrounds are nearby, and as you approach the pass you can f ind campgrounds at several lakes (Suttle Lake, Big Lake) that offer boating and other recreational opportunities. Just like the campgrounds along the Cascade Lakes Highway though, most of them are closed in the winter, so be sure and plan your camping trip before you pack up the Subaru.
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Legend has it that a long, long time ago when the powers-that-be were looking to establish Oregon’s f irst (and only) national park, the decision was between Crater Lake and Newberry Crater. Crater Lake won, but that means we the people are the real winners, because you can get an equally aweinspiring experience at Newberry Volcanic National Monument with far fewer crowds. There are nine established campgrounds within the monument, and many of them take reservations.
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Offering a much quieter and onewith-nature type of experience than the campgrounds listed above, the Ochoco National Forest lies just east of Bend. You’ll often f ind yourself surrounded by towering pines as the stars dance in the sky above. If dispersed camping is more of your style, you’ll f ind plenty of space here where the established campgrounds are fewer and farther between.
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P I TC H A T E N T If you’re coming to Bend for the nature, there’s no better way to experience the great outdoors than by sleeping in it. You’ll f ind countless spots around Central Oregon where you can pitch a tent, pop up a camper, or park your RV to forge a temporary home in the wilderness. The Visit Bend website has a page devoted to camping and RV parks, complete with handy grids to show amenities available at each place.
If roughing it is what you’re after, you’ll f ind oodles of dispersed camping and backpack-in-only options around Central Oregon. Keep in mind that this type of camping requires extra care such as bringing your own water, a porta potty, chairs and table, and being conscientious enough take all trash with you. It’s also important to check f ire regulations, since many areas ban campf ires during the driest months of the summer or altogether no matter what time of year you visit. For middle-of-the-road campgrounds with access to pit toilets and potable water, scope out the campgrounds near Suttle Lake, off the Cascade Lakes Highway, or along the Metolius River.
If you’d like roughing it to be a bit less . . . rough, head for larger campgrounds at areas like East Lake in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument; Cove Pallisades or Perry South at Lake Billy Chinook; or Crane Prairie off the Cascade Lakes Highway. Nearby resorts to those campgrounds boast f lush toilets and shower facilities to make your camping experience a little less rustic.
For a unique spin on camping, book a rental from Ramblin Vans or Cascadia Vehicle Tents. They’ll set you up with a portable home you can take with you into the great outdoors.
RVers will f ind several private campgrounds within the city limits of Bend. Scandia (smack dab in the middle of town) and Crown Villa RV Park (also right in the city limits) offer plenty of RV sites to choose from. If you’re willing to stay 20 minutes west of Bend, Sisters City Park has both RV and tent sites in a lovely creekside setting.
Need to get cleaned up after a few nights in the wilderness? Bend’s Bunk + Brew Historic Lucas House hostel in Downtown Bend offers a “Dirtbag Deal” just for campers. For only $15, you get a shower, use of towels and laundry facilities (including laundry soap!), Wi-Fi, and a cold brew. Stop in to get cleaned up before you head off on your next adventure!
State Parks are another option for those willing to drive 20-40 minutes. Smith Rock State Park has spots for tent campers, while La Pine State Park, Cove Palisades, and Prineville Reservoir can all accommodate both RVs and tents. Bend, OR Visitor Guide 2017
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In 2012, Dog Fancy magazine named Bend the nation’s dog-friendliest city. It came as a shock to precisely none of the thousands of four-legged souls who live and play in Bend every day. If you’re planning a Bend vacation with your favorite canine pal, start things off on the right paw by booking a room at one of dozens of dog-friendly hotels and vacation rentals around the area. Some will even roll out the red carpet for Rover, like the upscale Oxford Hotel offering homemade dog biscuits, travel bowls, and a dog bed sized just for your pooch. If bringing your dog to his own pet-loving resort is more your kind of vacation, Bend offers a number doggie hotels and daycare options to pamper even the pickiest puppy. A few of our faves include Dancin’ Woofs, Kindred Spirit Pet Care, Bend Pet Paradise, and Cascadia Canine Training School. Ready to play? Bend boasts seven off-leash parks where Fido can run free. The largest is the Bob Wenger Memorial Off-Leash Area, which offers 17 fenced acres of trails, natural terrain, grass, and even a spray park. For on-leash walking, both the Shevlin Park Loop and the Deschutes River Trail near Farewell Bend Park have paths that wind along the river, offering plenty of opportunities for your pup to cool off in the water. The adventures for your canine companion don’t stop with trips into the woods. Rent a canoe at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, then pick up a f lotation device made especially for your dog by the Bend-based animal outf itter, Ruffwear. Wanderlust Tours opens all of their daytime scenic mountain lake canoe tours to pups and their humans.
If you’re here in the winter, Wanoga, Edison and Kapka Sno-Parks have dog-friendly cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, and Wanoga is often groomed for skate skiing. The 2 ½ mile stretch of dirt road up to Tumalo Falls after the bridge (on Skyliners Rd) is also left unplowed during winter months, and dogs are welcome to frolic along beside the trails. When it’s time to dine, you’ll f ind a suprising number of local restaurants to welcome your pup with open arms and a cozy spot at your table on their outdoor patios. Dogs are also allowed in the outdoor dining areas at many spots along the Bend Ale Trail, including 10 Barrel, Cascade Lakes Brewing Co., GoodLife Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, Worthy Brewing, and McMenamins Old St. Francis. Need info on off-leash trail laws or the best spots to take your pooch to play? Check out dogpac.org, a non-prof it dog advocacy group. If you and Fido get separated while exploring Bend, don’t panic! But do contact the Humane Society of Central Oregon so they can help reunite you with your furry pal. And don’t miss some of Bend’s special events celebrating man’s best friend. Check out the annual Bend Pet Parade every July 4th and the wiener dog racing during Bend’s Oktoberfest.
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F OO D I E S F O R E V E R If Bend is an adventure town, few adventures are more satisfying than a trek around the city’s renowned culinary scene. From food carts to fine dining, you’ll find something to please your palate for every meal of the day.
Ariana Restaurant on Galveston for outstanding cuisine with Northwest pizazz, or head to Jackalope Grill to savor unique preparations of wild game, fresh seafood, pasta, poultry, and Oregon beef served in a cozy setting.
Start your morning with a scrumptious breakfast made completely from scratch. Try Chow on Bend’s Westside, where they specialize in locally-sourced ingredients and grow plenty of fresh, wholesome produce in their lush, on-site gardens. Jackson’s Corner is another local favorite offering melt-in-yourmouth baked goods, scrumptiously-creative egg dishes, and locations on both the East and Westsides of Bend so they can fill your belly no matter where you happen to be.
Craving something with an Asian flair? Chef Joe Kim at 5 Fusion is one of the only Oregon chefs outside the Portland area to be nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award. Visit 5 Fusion to sample scrumptious sushi, tasty cocktails, and much more in a funky, urban setting.
When lunchtime rolls around, stroll through the Old Mill District to scope out a wide array of river-view eating options. Anthony’s and Greg’s Grill both boast a host of outdoor tables, or dine indoors by the windows to enjoy killer views of the mighty Deschutes. Speaking of river-view dining, it’s a must-do in a town with such a beauty running through the center of town. Aside from Anthony’s and Greg’s, you’ll catch views of the river from Red Robin, Pastini Pastaria, Craft Kitchen and Brewing, Crow’s Feet Commons, Looney Bean, Pine Tavern, Bend Brewing Company, Chi Chinese and Sushi Bar, and Currents at the Riverhouse. If dinner calls for fine dining in an intimate setting, try
If you’re heading out on the Bend Ale Trail, treat your taste buds to culinary delights that perfectly complement each pint. Don’t miss the legendary Grilled Cheesy at Crux Fermentation Project, featuring asiago-cheese crusted panini with mixed ricotta, pepper jack, and white cheddar with diced bacon and spicy pickles on Italian country spent grain bread. Worthy Brewing on Bend’s northeast end boasts some of the best fish tacos you’ll ever try, and their hoppy IPA makes the perfect pairing. Cheers!
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G L U T E N - F R E E / V E G E TA R I A N / DA I R Y F R E E When you go gluten-free or vegan, it can be scary traveling to a new place. You don’t know where to go to find meals that meet your dietary restrictions, and you fear the confused or scornful looks when you ask for a gluten-free menu. But you can relax in Bend, where ample eateries offer options guaranteed to delight even the gluten-and-meat-gobbling members of your party.
Chow. Ask for a vegan surprise to have something equally tasty whipped up in the kitchen.
Zydeco has mastered the art of safe dining for celiac sufferers and other gluten-intolerant diners. Nearly everything on their menu can be prepared gluten-free, including tasty favorites like the barbecue shrimp, the artichoke and corn fritters, and even their famous flourless chocolate cake. Salud Raw Food offers tons of salads, wraps, and delicious desserts guaranteed to please both gluten-free and vegan diners.
Craving Thai food? Noi has several scrumptious vegan and gluten-free options to choose from. If you wander into Spork, grab their West African peanut curry packed with chickpeas, yams, cabbage, grilled onions, cilantro, and jasmine rice.
Can’t bear to give up baked goods or pizza? La Magie in downtown Bend makes wholesome gluten-free bread you’ll swear is the real deal, while Local Slice does a gluten-free pizza crust made even tastier by locally-sourced toppings and cheese. When it’s time to rise and shine, devour the poached eggs with crispy herb polenta, spinach, and gluten-free hollandaise at
Who says you have to give up juicy burgers when you give up meat? Next Level Burger offers a staggering array of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, milkshakes, and more. Everything here is plant-based and delicious, so dig in without guilt.
Broken Top Bottle Shop is a safe bet whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, since all menu items are clearly marked. Try the BBQ tempeh sando, a brioche bun piled high with house-smoked shredded tempeh, vegan Georgia red BBQ sauce, and Carolina red slaw. Other safe bets for finding tasty vegan chow include Laughing Planet, Kebaba, and Café Yumm. Go forth and eat safely and guilt-free in Bend!
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LET THE KIDS DECIDE Moms and dads: We know it’s tough to plan the perfect family vacation. You want memorable adventures in the great outdoors and nutritious meals at restaurants where you won’t get dirty looks if the kids get squirrelly over dessert. We know how it goes, and we also know you’ve got nothing to worry about. Bend has tons of terrific restaurants where your tykes will be welcomed with open arms and kid-approved menus. Start your day with big smiles all around when you treat the tots to the famous Ocean Rolls from Sparrow Bakery. Parents will appreciate the tasty array of breakfast sandwiches and freshlybrewed coffee, and most meals pack up nicely for on-the-go eating. At Flatbread Community Oven, they don’t just feed your kids — they let them make their own meals with a do-it-yourself pizzas. While the grown-ups sip wine and savor tasty salads and pizzas, the kids can adorn their own dough with sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings before watching the whole thing cook up in the big, wood-fired ovens. If you prefer the comfort of a familiar franchise, Red Robin has a monsterous kids’ menu featuring kid-approved items like grilled cheese, corn dogs, burgers, mac and cheese, and chicken fingers. The cherry on top? It’s Red Robin’s scenic riverfront location in the Old Mill District. Want grab-and-go meals guaranteed to satisfy everyone in the family? Choose from a mouthwatering assortment of wraps at Parilla Grill. Bonus: tidy wraps mean less mess on the kids and your backseat. If good behavior has earned you—er, your kids—a sweet treat, visit Goody’s old fashioned soda fountain in downtown Bend or on the Eastside. Choose from hand-dipped chocolates, ice cream sundaes, or even safe-to-eat dough cones filled with real cookie dough. If you had your heart set on hitting the Bend Ale Trail, don’t think you have to give that up just because you have the kids along. Crux Fermentation Project boasts some of the best beers in town and a huge grassy lawn where kids can frolic. Bend Brewing Company has a fabulous kids’ menu and a beer sampler tray that’s sure to please mom and dad. Bond with other parents on the sunny patio at Worthy Brewing Company as you enjoy the sunset and toast the success of another fun-filled family vacation.
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BEST OF THE BEST What is it about f ish tacos that screams summer? Grab a tasty bite of summer at Worthy Brewing with their famous steelhead tacos paired with a hoppy IPA. At El Sancho, enjoy their tender mahi mahi tacos with fresh cabbage slaw and cilantro dressing, topped with a dollop of fresh crema and avocado salsa. If battered f ish is your passion, head to Spork for tasty tacos f illed with fried catf ish and a scrumptious blend of cabbage, radish, cilantro, green onion, and a chili mayo that’s guaranteed to make your toes curl. At Barrio, pick between salmon and grilled rockf ish, or round out your taco trio by getting one of each, plus a third taco of your choosing. Don’t miss the fresh salsa bar at Longboard Louie’s, where you can top off your taco brimming with rockf ish, halibut, or salmon.
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Craving a juicy burger after a full day on the slopes? You’re in luck! Pilot Butte Drive-In has been a Bend classic since 1983, and you won’t want to miss their Ortega Burger featuring a 100% angus beef patty topped with grilled mild green chilis, melted jack cheese, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. At Brother Jon’s Public House, try the two-patty Ranch Burger with bacon, dill Havarti, fresh avocado, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato, and thinly-sliced onion. Vegan diners don’t have to miss the burger parade at Next Level Burger, since everything on the menu is plantbased and delicious. Pono Farm offers hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humanely raised meats grown locally on their Central Oregon family farm, as well as heritage breed pork. The result is a seriously tasty bacon cheeseburger that’s out-of-this-world delicious.
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Start your journey at Chi, where you can enjoy scrumptious sushi and creative cocktails on their deck overlooking the Deschutes River. Don’t miss 5 Fusion, where Chef Joe Kim has racked up multiple James Beard nominations (that’s sorta like the Oscars of the culinary world). At cozy Kanpai, don’t miss the Orgasm Roll made with tempura unagi, crab, and cucumber topped with avocado, creamy scallops, tobiko, and sweet soy reduction. If sushi trains are your jam, check out Sora Sushi in downtown Bend. Hanging in the Old Mill District? Head for Mio Sushi and grab a Bubble Bubble made with avocado, tobiko, salmon, and ikura, topped with paperthin slices of fresh lemon. If you’re on the south end of Bend on a Monday, don’t miss half-price night at Tomo Sushi from 4 to close.
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Need something quick to eat in the car on your way to the day’s adventure? A bagel sandwich from Rockin’ Daves will hit the spot, and their build-yourown breakfast burritos run a close second. Speaking of breakfast burritos, Los Jalapeños is a hidden little mid-town eatery with the freshest, softest tortillas and best combos you can possibly imagine. Feel like a smoothie? Check out Mother’s Cafe and order the Tropical Fuji, made with orange juice, pineapple, banana, mango, coconut, mango sorbet. You’ve surely heard of the famous Ocean Rolls at Sparrow Bakery, but they also offer a tasty breakfast sandwich made with poached egg, bakery-smoked bacon, avocado, arugula, and aioli served on a hand-rolled croissant.
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D I N N E R A L F R E S CO Just because your belly’s growling doesn’t mean you need to stop playing and head inside. Bend’s abundance of outdoor recreation gives this city an edge if you crave sunshine on your shoulders while you refuel your body. The sunny patio at McKay Cottage is the perfect spot to savor a tasty breakfast scramble as you listen to the wind in the trees. Jackson’s Corner offers outside dining in a cozy picnic nook at their Westside restaurant, or the Eastside location with its toasty outdoor fire feature on the patio. Time for lunch? Now’s a great time to enjoy the cool breeze drifting off the water. The Pine Tavern has been nestled along the Deschutes River in downtown Bend since 1936, and their spacious outdoor patio is a divine spot for salads, burgers, and killer views of Mirror Pond. If you prefer the energetic rush of watching parade of kayaks, paddleboards, and happy river floaters chugging by, nab a patio seat at Pastini Pastaria, Greg’s Grill, or Anthony’s in the Old Mill District. In downtown Bend, many of the top restaurants offer a handful of coveted tables that line the bustling sidewalks in summertime. Pro tip: Call ahead or show up early to call dibs on primo outdoor spots at 900 Wall, Drake, Hola! or the upper balcony at Deschutes Brewery. Want a local secret? Zydeco boasts limited rooftop dining and the best sunset views in town. Order their barbecue shrimp and prepare to have your tastebuds swoon. If you’re craving some adult alone-time, score a table on the second-story patio of the new Star Bar at Worthy Brewing, where you’ll sip stellar suds and enjoy selections from a special menu before heading up to check out their new Hopservatory.
At the peak of summer, Mt. Bachelor offers one of Oregon’s most unique dining experiences by inviting you to dine at 7,775 feet in the Pine Marten Lodge. If it’s an intimate dining experience you crave, Jackalope Grill has a quaint, sun-dappled courtyard where you’ll savor your meal surrounded by their fragrant herb gardens. Curious about Bend’s food cart scene? Head for The Lot, a oneof-a-kind eatery offering a unique spin on the food cart pods you find in many cities. A cluster of culinary trailers surrounds an open-air seating area with built-in tables, heated seats, and overhead heaters that keep the space nice and toasty. There’s even a bar with 16 tap handles, and plenty of space for families, dogs, or a group of pals to hang out. If you saved room for dessert, swing by Bonta Gelato in downtown Bend and choose from scrumptuous-sounding flavors like salted caramel or roasted strawberry with honey. Grab a scoop or two, then set out for a stroll through the downtown streets before capping your evening off on a park bench in Bend’s scenic Drake Park.
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M OC K TA I L S A N D B OO Z E - F R E E B E V E R AG E S Tons of travelers visit Bend with growlers in hand and sights set on the Bend Ale Trail, while others sip their way through distilleries and cideries that make up Drinkable Diversions. But what if you like your liquid libations without all the hard stuff?
At Salud Raw Food, they expertly blend fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices for optimum f lavor and zing in their fresh juices. Try the Hippy Hoppy made with apple, carrot, spinach, lemon, beet, and ginger; or the Heavy Metal Detox with cilantro, lime, apple, pineapple, mint, and celery.
The passionfruit limeade at El Sancho will leave you swooning with no risk of hangover the next morning. They squeeze fresh limes daily to make the limeade base, then add real passionfruit puree and so f lavorful you’ll polish the whole thing off before your meal arrives.
Want to feel like you’re sipping something extra-special on a romantic date night, but skip the booze that might sabotage the romance? Order a glass of Duche de Longueville non-alcoholic sparkling cider at Jackalope Grill.
While Deschutes Brewery is the granddaddy of Bend’s brew culture, they also became a pioneer on the non-alcoholic front when they were the f irst Bend brewery to make their own craft root beer and ginger beer.
Bend also boasts at least half-a-dozen kombucha breweries, and you’ll f ind this healthful, fermented beverage on tap at lots of local pubs and restaurants. Parilla Grill has three taps f lowing with kombucha from Caboost, Bucha Buena, and Humm Kombucha—all of which are based in Bend. You can also f ill a growler with kombucha at places like The Growler Guys and Food 4 Less (both of which have Humm Kombucha and Brew Dr. Kombucha on tap). Taste test all the f lavors and pick a favorite (or 12!)
Plenty of upscale Bend restaurants can mix you a mocktail version of your favorite cocktail, but there’s no beating the Blueberry Mojito at Brickhouse Steak House. It’s made with freshly-muddled mint, fresh lime, oodles of plump blueberries, and a healthy splash of ginger beer.
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BEND ALE TRAIL + DRINKABLE DIVERSIONS Welcome to the microbrew capital of the West. Bend has so many breweries that we launched the legendary Bend Ale Trail in 2010. Since then, it’s been buzzed about everywhere from The New York Times to USA Today. That means you can taste your way through coppery pale ales, creamy stouts, and crisp lagers while gathering passport stamps to earn prizes at the end of your beerventure. Seeking a change of pace from malty goodness? Don’t miss the Drinkable Diversions, a side trip along the Bend Ale Trail to explore Bend’s alternative craft beverage scene. Crater Lake Spirits, Oregon Spirit Distillers, Cascade Alchemy, and Backdrop Distilling are four small-batch distilleries reviving the tradition of premium handcrafted American distilled spirits. Hard cider, a naturally gluten-free alternative to beer, is taking Bend by storm with several craft cideries: Atlas Cider and Red Tank Cider Company. Made with regional and local ingredients like berries, apples, apricots, and even bacon, they’ve been described as a hybrid of winemaking and beer brewing. If vino is more your taste, hold on to your grapes because Bend
has several award-winning wineries. In fact, Central Oregon was officially recognized as a wine region in 2011. Travel north to Maragas Winery for some sips of award-winning wine on their outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard. Next is Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards–a stunning 15 acres where nine varieties of hybrid grapes are growing. You’ll also find a wide array of tasting rooms and wine shops scattered around downtown Bend and the Old Mill District. Not sure what you’re craving? Try a little of everything with the The Local Pour Tour from Wanderlust Tours. You’ll visit a brewery, winery, cidery, and distillery all in one fell swoop. They’ll even pick you up at your hotel or vacation rental and drop you off at the end. Speaking of responsible drinking, wouldn’t death or jail time put a damper on your vacay? Make a plan beforehand for a sober ride home if you plan on imbibing in Bend. You’ll find a wide array of options from Uber to Lyft to local taxi services. There’s even a free shuttle in the summer months that runs between downtown and the Old Mill District, so there’s no excuse to drink and drive. Cheers!
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T H I S A I N ’ T YO U R G R A N D M A ’ S G A N JA Cannabis. Weed. Marijuana. Herb. Bud. Pot. Whatever you call it, it’s legal in Oregon for people 21 and older to possess and use it recreationally. Beginning October 1, 2015, medical dispensaries in Bend began selling small amounts of recreational marijuana, which means there are plenty of spots you can buy it. Using it, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated (See the legal jargon below). Want a guided educational tour of Bend’s cannabis industry? With Blazing Trails, you’ll embark on a twohour journey to locally-owned businesses including testing lab, accessory shop, gardening center, marijuana grow facility, and adult-use dispensaries. The tour includes a comprehensive presentation on The Endocannabinoid System, cannabis consumer safety, and Oregon State cannabis history and law. Let all your burning cannabis questions be answered by knowledgeable industry professionals on this one-ofa-kind tour. If you want to buy cannabis and cannabis-related products on your Bend vacation, You’ll f ind more than two dozen dispenseries around town. Each one is staffed by knowledgeable bud tenders eager to educate you about their products and this growing industry.
K E E P I T L E G A L , B E AG L E . Don’t think Oregon’s marijuana laws let you toke at a concert or out on the river. You can’t light up in public, so keep those joints tucked away. To learn more about how the law works, visit www.whatslegaloregon.com for everything you need to know.
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CO N F E R E N C E L I K E A P R O If you’re looking for an inspired and productive meeting venue, it helps to start with an equally inspiring location. From conventions and sporting events to weddings, trade shows, family reunions, and retreats, Bend offers meeting planners a thoughtful mix of tools for both business and pleasure. It’s a proven fact that PowerPoint presentations are easier to digest when you’re anticipating a moonlit canoe adventure afterward. Sales meetings are more motivational when your team is surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Cascade mountains. And team-building is more cohesive when experienced in the awe-inspiring beauty of Central Oregon. In Bend, our expansive mix of meeting facilities, a state-of-the-art convention center, over 3,000 hotel rooms, convenient access, abundance of restaurants, and unparalleled outdoor recreation provide the perfect recipe for the perfect meeting.
wedding you’re planning, consider making it an outdoor affair. Imagine tying the knot with blazing orange basalt rock in the distance at Smith Rock State Park, or on a grassy green lawn beside a stream at Shevlin Park. Whether you’re hosting a large sales convention or a small family reunion, be sure to save time for savoring Bend’s wealth of fun activities. Schedule a casual meeting on the green at one of more than 25 local golf courses, or plan a pampered outing with the girls at a luxurious day spa. Need to do a little team-building? Many guided tour companies offer customized outdoor adventures for groups of all sizes. There’s no better setting for team-building than Bend’s great outdoors! Wanderlust Tours offers group outings like canoeing, caving, and snowshoeing, while the folks at Sun Country Tours can get your hearts pumping on a whitewater rafting trip for the whole team. The possibilities are as endless as the sunshine in Bend!
Of course, Bend is best known for amazing scenery and outdoor pursuits, so why not take advantage? If it’s a
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GETTING HERE Bend is considered the basecamp of Central Oregon, and getting here is easy no matter which mode of travel you choose. BY AIR: With non-stop commercial air service from major markets, getting to Bend is quick and convenient. And once you land at Roberts Field Airport (RDM), youâ€™re only 20 minutes away from the energy and excitement of downtown Bend. Roberts Field is the fourth largest commercial airport in Oregon, serving all of Central Oregon. Flights are provided by Alaska, American, United, and Delta. These carriers offer arriving and departing f lights to and from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle. Six full-service rental car agencies are on-site at the Redmond Airport offering an array of car rental options, including larger multi-passenger vehicles, and fully equipped 4WD sport utility models. BY AIR CHARTER: If commercial air service does not f it your needs or schedule, you may want to consider on-demand air charter service, which can take you conveniently from the airport closest to you directly into Bend. No security delays, layovers, connecting f lights, or hassles.
BY ROAD: Centrally located at the junction of US Highway 97 (a north and south route from Madras to Klamath Falls) and State Highway 20 (the east and west route from Idaho/Burns to Salem/Willamette Valley), Bend is easily accessible from all directions and is three hours southeast of Portland, along a route highlighted with scenic beauty. For current road conditions and road cams, visit the Oregon Department of Transportationâ€™s (ODOT) website TripCheck.com. If you are on the road and need up-to-date weather and road information, call 511 in Oregon. Or if outside the state, contact ODOT at 503-588-2941. BY BUS: Bend is served by regional bus service from many cities in Oregon including Portland, Coos Bay, Florence, Eugene, John Day, and Ontario. BY RAIL: Amtrak provides convenient and affordable rail transportation to and from the Bend area from various locations throughout the region. Call Amtrak for fares and schedules 800-872-7245 or visit their website at amtrak. com.
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There are a million things that make Bend one of the coolest spots on earth, and the folks who live here don’t take a single snow-capped peak or alpine lake for granted. For Bend locals, taking pride in the region’s special places is what keeps them, well . . . special. Bend residents live by the “Leave No Trace” code of ethics. They pack reusable water bottles instead of plastic ones, and they pick up litter along their favorite hiking trails. Is that what makes locals such all-around happy people? Maybe. It goes without saying that being stuck in a car isn’t so bad when you’ve got killer mountain views peeking over the stoplight. If the parking lot’s full at a favorite trailhead, locals know to head on down the road instead of parking on fragile ground. There’s always another great hike just a few miles away. Speaking of driving, we know Bend’s roundabouts take a little getting used to, but visitors and locals alike love how they keep traff ic moving smoothly. Just go with the f low by waiting for a break in traff ic before entering. When it’s time to exit, signal right and as you cruise on through you’ll look like a local …regardless of what your license plate says.
THANKS! We just want to say thanks. Thanks for considering Bend as a place to visit. Thanks for your kindness, and for leaving Bend better than you found it. Thanks for leaving a positive impact on our special place, and thanks for already planning that next trip back. Because we know (we live here), it’s hard to stay away from a place as magical as Bend.
When you’re f loating the river, we know you want to save your tootsies from submerged rocks and hot pavement. But f lip-f lops can f lop off in the water, leaving you barefoot and the river cluttered with junk. A better idea: Opt for sneakers or sturdier water shoes like Chacos, Keens, or Tevas. A funny thing happens to people in Bend. The corners of their mouths tug up and their eyes start sparkling like the Deschutes River on a sunny day. Give in to the urge to grin at random strangers. Not only will folks smile back, but they’ll take you for one of their own. When you’re in Bend, you pretty much are. Are you vacationing in Bend, and want to experience it like a local who lives and plays here year-round? Give it a shot, and be sure to share your memories on social media using the hashtag #visitlikealocal. You might just earn a prize, and you’ll feel totally awesome about doing your part to keep Bend beautiful. Oh, and if you want to come back and try a little voluntourism to round out your vacation, check out visitbendlikealocal.com for ideas and dates of some of our top volunteer opportunitites.
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Your adventure journal for all things Bend and Central Oregon. Tips on where to sleep, eat and play all over Bend.
Published on Aug 14, 2017
Your adventure journal for all things Bend and Central Oregon. Tips on where to sleep, eat and play all over Bend.