Bend, Oregon, is an exciting craft brew mountain town filled with outdoor adventures & activities for just about any lifestyle. It’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a family vacation this summer. Central Oregon weather tends to be different than what you’d think of as typical Northwest weather with sunny days and cool evenings, but that’s because of its location between the mountains and the deserts of Central Oregon. This same location is what makes Bend awesome to visit any time of year, whether you want to ski, enjoy the outdoors or just relax. Let’s play!

Summer Helicopter Tours & Adventures

Big Mountain Heli Tours summer snow-capped mountain flights are perfect for Bend visitors and locals who want to experience and explore as much of our magnificent Cascade range as possible. The Cascades are a unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. In fact, all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. You’ll be front and center to see the after effects of our last “big one” at Broken Top Mountain 100,000 years ago, revealing the colorful insides of our very own complex stratovolcano and high altitude glacial lake at 10,000 feet. Let’s fly!

Climb Smith Rock State Park – There’s no shortage of gorgeous natural landscapes in and around Bend, but Smith Rock State Park is something special. The park is the perfect place to rock climb (you might have guessed from the park name that there is a lot of rock here), hike, bike or view wildlife. The craggy rocks throughout the park make great photos, too.

Explore Central Oregon Rivers – The Deschutes River is one of Oregon’s most iconic. It’s even got a brewery named after it (and their beers are wonderful). Bend is the perfect base for white water rafting on the river, or even just floating in an innertube if rafting is too adventurous for you. But make no mistake, you don’t have to be a river expert to go rafting. Tour companies like Sun Country ToursRiverstone Adventures or Ouzel Outfitters run rafting trips for all skill levels on the Deschutes as well as other area rivers.

Spend a Day at High Desert Museum – The High Desert Museum has a focus on living history — characters that visitors can interact with while they learn what life in this high desert area was like in the early 1900s. There are also both indoor and outdoor exhibits throughout the 135-acre campus that showcase local art, history and wildlife too. In fact, many animals live at the museum and help illustrate what kinds of critters live in the local environment.

Les Schwab Concert Nights – Les Schwab Amphitheater is a fabulous outdoor concert venue that’s great to add in to any visit, if there’s a show in town while you are. The amphitheater plays host to some pretty big touring headliners. Most shows involve general, opening seating/standing. Bring along a low chair or a blanket and kick back on a sunny afternoon to some tunes. Check the calendar before you go.