Bend, Oregon, is a fun city with spectacular surroundings, set on the Deschutes River at the eastern edge of the Cascades, where ponderosa pine forests meet the high desert. Exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation are the main reason—although not the only reason—to book a vacation to Bend. Snow-capped peaks promise a different kind of fun when the weather turns cold.
Out and About in Bend
With the Deschutes River, the Cascade Lakes, and many mountain slopes to explore, Bend visitors can pursue such outdoor adventures as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting. Bend hotels offer a much-needed place to rest after a day of activity. Consider a less strenuous day strolling the picturesque Drake Park Neighborhood Historic District, or taking in the interesting exhibits at the High Desert Museum. Learn about the history of the region, Bend's heritage as a logging town, and the flora and fauna of the high desert. End your visit with a nature walk around the museum's 135-acre grounds, which include a pond and creek amid ponderosa pines. Approximately 20 miles from Bend is the Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, where—in addition to skiing and snowboarding—you can go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and on sled dog rides.
Eating and Drinking
Bend boasts the largest beer trail in the West—the Bend Ale Trail, comprising some 16 breweries. Beer drinkers get a passport stamp at each brewery—if you collect enough stamps, you'll win a prize. Bend also has several distilleries and wineries that are open for tours and samples. If you're looking for deals on motels in Bend Oregon, and want equally budget-friendly meals, know that the town has a thriving food cart scene, and many casual eateries offering pizza, burgers, Mexican food, and classic American dishes. For foodies, several Bend restaurants embrace the farm-to-table ethos, and fine-dining options are also abundant.
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