Bend, Oregon is Central Oregon’s outdoor jewel, once you discover it you’ll never want to leave. Shadowed by snow-capped Cascade Mountains this former ranching and logging town is now a playground for families, craft beer lovers, and seekers of the bold outdoors. With more year round tours and activities to choose from every year, you’ll be thrilled every time you visit. Let’s play!

Bend, Oregon Adventures

#1 Cascade Mountain Helicopter Tours The Cascades Ring of Fire Tour is an unforgettable scenic helicopter adventure for Bend visitors who want to experience as much of our magnificent snow-capped Cascade Range as possible. Offering year round helicopters tours in Bend, you’ll soon be flying above the summits with gorgeous views of snow-capped Cascade Mountains stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor. Let’s fly!

#2 Hike a Volcano – Newberry National Volcanic Monument is part of the Deschutes National Forest and consists of spectacular landscape formations that were created after a series of eruptions of the Newberry Volcano. The last major eruption happened about 75,000 years ago when the volcano’s explosion formed the Newberry caldera. Newberry National Volcanic Monument is one of the best things to do in Bend, Oregon.

#3 Enjoy a Carriage Ride in Bend – Summer evenings brings out dinners, wine, friends, and Cowboy Carriage, which offers horse-drawn carriage rides downtown. If you’re visiting the Old Mill District during the holiday season, get into the festive spirit with a ride in a carriage decorated like Santa’s sleigh pulled by horses adorned with ringing bells.

#4 The Bend Tour Company – Discover activity-based tours in and around around Bend. Hop ​in ​our electric cruisers, ​Segways, or​ electric bikes from Bend Electric Bikes. John from the Bend Tour Company will tailor a tour to meet your interests, w​hether you are looking to explore Bend’s history or get to know more about Bend’s round-a-bout art. ​The Bend Tour Company also offers an official Bend Ale Trail tour of Bend’s finest craft-breweries along with disc golf/dinner nights.

#5 Summer Concerts in Bend – Not all the summer concerts are sold out at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Sure Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson sold out in minutes so stay tuned to www.bendconcerts.com. Also – if you don’t have tickets to the sold out shows, check out the patio seating in the Old Mill District restaurants including Greg’s Grill, Anthony’s, or even Naked Winery if you’d just like a glass of wine and a place to sit and listen to the music!