Bend, Central Oregon

Bend, a warm, inviting mountain getaway with a cosmopolitan appeal. Majestic, snow-capped peaks adorn the high-desert skyline, making for some of the best weather in Oregon. Think sun-drenched days and cool nights along with endless options for plenty of play time.

Playing at Mt. Bachelor, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, or taking a sled dog ride are just a few of the outdoor adventures you can tackle. In Summer Bend’s outdoor activities range from fishing and hiking to swimming, rock climbing, and biking in the nearby Deschutes National Forest. There are over two dozen scenic challenging golf courses from the top course designers to choose from.

Dubbed the “outdoor playground of the West” for a thousand good reasons, Bend is world famous for both its outdoor pursuits and pristine beauty. You can catch an art exhibit, spoil yourself at one of our many spas, or trek the legendary Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the west.

Dining is an amazing experience as Bend has drawn some of America’s most innovative and accomplished chefs with international accolades. Whether you crave contemporary versions of European and Italian classics, upscale American ranch, Japanese or wood-fire pizza, you will find the very best of culinary culture in Bend.

SMITH ROCK STATE PARK

Smith Rock State Park is located in Central Oregon’s high desert near the towns of Redmond and Terrabonne. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing of all difficulty levels. Smith Rock also offers miles of hiking and mountain biking trails where you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver on your trip.

JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a paleontology site where fossils such as mollusks, which lived on what was a beach 100 million years ago, are found in abundance. The monument consists of three separate sites; Sheep Rock, Painted Hills and Clarno. Visit Sheep Rock for its unique blue-green rock layers, and the Thomas Condon Palaeontology Center, where you can watch the scientists at work. Head west to the Painted Hills where barren hillsides look brushed with eye-catching hues, from ochre and blazing yellow to green.

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