Before You Retire to Bend, Oregon Take a Helicopter Tour

Bend, Oregon is one of the best places to retire in the United States. It has everything a retired couple could want, everything from mountain biking, scenic helicopter tours, hiking, rafting, golfing, fishing, rock climbing, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, travel trailer camper rentals, general sightseeing and much more.

Weather in Bend Oregon

The weather is in our little mountain town is close to perfect. Moderate days and cool nights characterize Bend’s year-round climate. Because of the high altitude and clear air, nighttime temperatures average 30° to 40° below the daytime highs. Evenings are generally cool, even in the summer, requiring sweaters or jackets. Bend has the highest average number of sunny days in the state. Clear days average 158 days per year with an additional 105 days that are mostly sunny. Many of the remaining days provide substantial sunshine. Days that are totally cloudy do not often occur.

Bend was originally called Farewell Bend and received its name because it was at this place that travelers over the pioneer roads had their last view of the river. Today it is only a few hours drive to the Oregon Coast. Portland is 3 ½ hours away if you are looking for a big city. Redmond International Airport (Roberts Field) is only 16 miles North.

When Location is Everything

Bend is nearly the geographic center of the state and is also the most populated city in Central Oregon with a population of more than 85,000. To the east you will find high desert vegetation and to the west, Bend is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. At an elevation of 3,628 feet, Bend enjoys the predominantly dry climate of the Great Basin.

Before You Move to Bend, Fly in Bend

Bend is the outdoor recreation capitol of Oregon, with snow-capped peaks dominating the skyline. Bend is one of few places that visitors can literally ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Known as “the sunny side of Oregon,” the Cascade Mountains act as a protective buffer, giving Bend only 12 inches of precipitation per year. That compares to 42″ for Portland, 36″ for Seattle and 20″ for San Francisco.

Helicopter Tours and Charters in Bend

Before you buy in Bend join Big Mountain Heli Tours for a snow-capped mountain flight of the Cascades and downtown to get to know the entire region. From the air you’ll also soon learn that Bend has golf courses for everyone. We’ll fly you over Central Oregon’s spectacular high-desert landscape, four-star resorts, public, semi-private and private courses have been rated 23rd in he world as a golf destination by Golf Digest. Choose from more than 25 unique courses, some easy going to championship layouts like Sunriver’s Crosswater course, designed to challenge even the lowest handicappers.

Hospitals in Bend

St. Charles Medical Center is located in Bend and is the regional referral center for more than 230,000 people in a 32,000-square-mile area of central and eastern Oregon. With more than 240 physicians on its medical staff, representing 40 specialties and sub-specialties, and more than 1,950 caregivers, it provides many services usually found only in larger urban areas. These include open heart and neurosurgery, comprehensive cancer care, inpatient rehabilitation for stroke and major injury, sophisticated imaging technologies and more.

Backcountry Travel Trailer Tent Camper Rentals

Rent a rugged, spacious, travel trailer tent camper in Bend, Oregon for just $99 a day! Featuring Manley Outback Adventure Trailers and Rooftop Tents from Bend based Freespirit Recreation, our travel trailer tent campers can be decked out with everything you’ll need for your next exciting Oregon camping adventure. Add in a gourmet kitchen, chairs, cooler, tactical hammocks for two, solar lighting, deck of cards and you’ll be all set for music festivals, hot springs, the Oregon coast and glamping adventures of every kind!

Real Estate in Bend, Getting National Attention

Bend Oregon real estate prices are still moderate compared to some parts of the nation. The median home price is around $410,000. Real estate prices have been rising steadily over the past decade because Bend is such a wonderful place to live and retire. Big Mountain Heli Tours also offers realtor flights in Bend and if you are thinking of moving when you retire give Bend Oregon strong consideration. It is a great place to live. Let’s fly!