Bend, Oregon rises 3,623 feet above sea level in the shadow of the snow capped Cascades, with the wild Deschutes river cutting through millions of acres of beautiful wilderness. It’s is the year round playground for thousands of visitors each year. Go running, biking, take a scenic helicopter flight, go kayaking, and more along the Deschutes. Hit Sparks Lake for standup paddleboarding or go rock climbing, white-water rafting, snow skiing, and more make this a year-round outdoor destination. And then there’s the drinking. You can hike the Bend Ale Trail or explore local distilleries and wineries before or after hitting local restaurants, food carts, and more. Let’s play!
Summer Fun and Activities in Bend
Follow the locals in Bend in the morning and hike along the Deschutes River on one of nearly 30 marked trails (totaling 65 miles) within the Bend Park & Recreation District. You can also take your dog because Bend is a very pooch friendly mountain town. Jump in your own private helicopter and explore the snow capped Cascades, or go golfing by helicopter or fly to a local vineyard to meet our local wine makers. Then grab your mountain bike and explore the 300 miles of trails in the area or stick to the road along the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway. Ski or snowboard at Mount Bachelor, rock climb at South Sister, practice fly-fishing at the Old Mill Casting Course, or hit white water on the Deschutes. Bend has athletic events throughout the year, including the Cascade Cycling Classic, the Cascade Lakes Relay, and the Pole Pedal Paddle, which combines Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biking, running, and kayaking each May.
Find a Place to Stay in Bend
Rest your weary head after a day play here in Bend. We have plenty of Airbnb options abound here, without a doubt one of the coolest places you can stay in Bend is McMenamins Old St. Francis School Hotel. What was once a 1936 Catholic school now houses a charming and inviting 19-room hotel. Dine and drink in its brewpub from breakfast through dinner (start your day with a bacon Bloody Mary and a bacon, cheddar, fried egg English muffin sandwich), grab a beer from the brewery in the school’s former basement, watch a movie in the 120-seat theater, or take a dip in the semi-enclosed indoor soaking pool among gorgeous mosaic tile. Have a larger group? Book the cottage, which can sleep six to 10 people. Note: the hotel will add an additional 41 rooms this July and August in two new buildings. For something more traditional yet still upscale, check into the Oxford Hotel. The rooms and suites at this four-diamond, 59-room downtown eco-chic boutique hotel offer high-thread-count plush bedding, locally roasted coffee, and views of the Cascades. If you really need to be next to nature, book a room at the renovated Riverhouse on the Deschutes, where you can open your door and look out on the river.