Bend, Oregon: The BEST Hotels, Attractions & Restaurants
Bend, Oregon is your destination in Central Oregon for tours, activities and adventures. With miles of hiking and biking trails through town and Mt. Bachelor and Smith Rock nearby, Bend is famous for world-class recreation. Combine that with a richly diverse cultural landscape, award-winning dining and boutique shopping, and you might not want to leave Bend – ever!
Helicopter Tours and Charters in Bend, Oregon
Fly in a private helicopter over ancient stratovolcanoes and experience nature’s raw beauty while an expert Naturalist Guide shares memorable insights to your experience. Join Big Mountain Heli on their amazing Mount Bachelor Wonderland Helicopter Tour this year!
Things To Do In Bend
Keep your shades handy year-round in Bend with 300 days of annual sunshine, blue sky, clean air and cool nights are sort of the way of life here. The broad spectrum of weather and landscape in Bend makes for surprises around every turn. There’s even an annual event called Pole Pedal Paddle (set for May 19, 2018), which combines alpine and nordic skiing at Mt. Bachelor with biking, running and a paddle down the sparkling Deschutes River. If you’re out of breath just thinking about it, don’t worry. You can pause and take it all in. Here’s how to catch your thrills in Bend, no matter the season.
Float down the Deschutes (late May through early September)
The Deschutes River is popular partly for its beauty, partly for its accessibility — it meanders right through downtown Bend. Start at Riverbend Park, just beyond the Old Mill District. Here you can rent an inner tube, kayak or stand-up paddleboard from Sun Country Tours, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe or another outfitter. Float or paddle for about two hours until you reach Drake Park (kids and newbies should take the detour before the Bend Whitewater Park’s whitewater channel), then board the city shuttle for a couple of bucks and do it all over again.
Hike Tumalo Falls (May through October, December through February)
About 30 minutes outside of Bend, you’ll find picturesque Tumalo Falls, where a quick half-mile round-trip hike leads to the main falls, a lovely spot for a picnic. You can also explore the larger 7.4-mile loop, which winds past half a dozen more waterfalls and smaller cascades. Dogs are welcome on the North Fork Trail as well as many other trails around Bend. Whenever you head out, remember to leave the site better than you found it: Pack out your trash (including pet waste), stay on trails, be mindful to other users, and practice other Leave No Trace principles.