If you’re visiting Bend, Oregon with the family this summer you’ll soon discover there’s never a shortage of fun things to do. You’ll have a wide variety of festivals, shows and other special events to choose from during your stay in our little craft brew mountain town. In fact, your biggest problem won’t be finding something to do; it will be narrowing down what events to enjoy – may we suggest visiting Central Oregon’s incredible geography from the air?
Helicopter Tours & Scenic Geography Flights
Join us this summer from any leading resort in Bend, or at the Bend Airport located 20 minutes from downtown Bend and we’ll take you and your group up for a scenic helicopter adventure like none other. You’ll gaze out the window of your helicopter at spectacular aerial views of the snow-capped Cascade Range, rolling hills, and an unforgettable experience with scenic vistas, adventure, and the ability to customize your helicopter tour.
Visit These Amazing Geographic Locations
The Lava Cast Forest – Fourteen miles south of Bend is a large forest of lava tree molds is located opposite the Sunriver turn-off, south of Bend on Highway 97 within the Deschutes National Forest. For those not visiting by helicopter a paved, self-guided nature trail wanders by many examples of vertical and horizontal tree molds or casts in the lava.
Newberry National Volcanic Monument – In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of Central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 50,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in Central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Oregon Cascades and across the High Desert. The summit area of Newberry Volcano holds two sparkling alpine lakes full of trout and salmon.
Smith Rock State Park – Smith Rock State Park is known worldwide for rock climbing. The best time to watch the climbers is in the morning or evening. Rock climbing has become more popular on a recreational level due to the addition of easier routes. The park also offers a day use area with picnic facilities and trails for the adventurous hiker wishing to explore.