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Bend

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Specialty Museums · River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair. The city of over 80,000 sits adjacent to a number of national forests, state parks, and designated scenic viewpoints, making it a prime spot for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts wanting to try mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, paragliding, hiking, rock climbing, and the like. The city itself showcases the surrounding natural wonders, sprawling over the land with low buildings and unassuming storefronts that contain upscale boutiques and fine cuisine. The town is known for its microbreweries. Use our United States planning app to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Bend.
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Popular things to do in Bend

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
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Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
High Desert Museum
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Volcano
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Bend

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State Park
Smith Rock State Park Redmond
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Observatory
Oregon Observatory Sunriver
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop Sisters
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Waterfall
Sahalie and Koosah Falls Sisters
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Bend

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Waterfall
Tumalo Falls
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Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Deschutes River
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
Lava River Cave
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Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Sparks Lake
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Bend

Forest
Deschutes National Forest
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Duration: 2 hours
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Brewery
Deschutes Brewery
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Todd Lake
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Park
Drake Park
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Bend

Biking Trail
Phil's Trailhead
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Hiking Trail
Flatiron Rock Trail
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Falls Creek Trail to Green Lake
4.3
Duration: 4 hours

Breweries & Distilleries in Bend

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Beer Tasting / Tour
Bend Ale Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Distillery Tour
Bend Brew Bus
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Distillery
Bend Distillery
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Brewery
Boneyard Beer
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Bend

Since many people come to Bend to experience the outdoors, it's no surprise that many lodges and bed and breakfasts here are designed to resemble log cabins. Consider a stay near the scenic Deschutes River for scenic views. You'll find a few chain hotels with comfortable standard rooms in the downtown area.
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