Bend Oregon Travel Guide
Bend seems unmatched when it comes to stunning scenery, plentiful outdoor activities, and relaxing pursuits under clear, blue skies and temperate weather conditions.
The city of Bend is found in the high desert of Central Oregon, about 175 miles southeast of Portland. Its popularity has grown steadily over the years which comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with this slice of outdoor heaven.
Once a former mill town, it has bloomed into a virtual playground for outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for winter or summer sports, and in many cases, both. At an elevation of over 3,600 feet, this high desert seems to be about perfect for all seasons.
Winter Skiers Flock to Mt. Bachelor
Just 22 miles outside of town can be found one of the best ski resorts in all the Northwest. Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort offers up sunny days and plenty of powder for those addicted to skiing, snowboarding, nordic trekking, and more. With 30 feet of soft powder falling annually in a delightfully dry climate, this is the place for mountain lovers.
At the end of a long day, sore muscles yearn for a place to relax and refuel. With six microbreweries in Bend, the night can be as much fun as a day of winter sport. Delicious pub fare, a pint or two of finely crafted beer, and good company is all one needs to finish off a perfect day
Endless Days of Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing, and Golfing
Flawless summers abound in gorgeous Central Oregon, and Bend is the hub for all there is to see and do in this wonderland of enormous, natural beauty. The winding Deschutes River draws anglers of all kinds to try their luck with fly-fishing for trout and steelhead. Other popular activities on the water include kayaking and white water rafting.
Rock climbing, cycling, and hiking are other options for those seeking dry land. And for those that can never quit thinking of golf, Bend is a true mecca. Over 25 golf courses are found in and around Bend, making handicappers high and low froth at the mouth. Lush green fairways, sweetly scented pine trees, lava rock formations, and wildlife are a regular part of Central Oregon golf while majestic mountain ranges seem to be in view of just about every shot. Keep in mind It can be downright difficult to keep focus when faced with such magnificent scenery.
Revel in Downtown Bend’s Charm and Beauty
Besides plentiful outdoor activities, the city of Bend offers even more than one can imagine. Drake Park, downtown and next to the Historic District, is perfect for relaxing while feeding the ducks or listening to music. The historic downtown offers an abundance of restaurants, bars, and art galleries. The Old Mill District, newly restored and renovated, has become a lively destination with shopping, dining and entertainment, complete with an outdoor amphitheater.
When seeking a Northwest getaway that offers something for everyone, look no further than Bend, Oregon, a perfect slice of outdoor heaven.