Tours: Summer Things to do in Bend Oregon | Helicopter Tours

Central Oregon has a bunch of exciting and family friendly adventures and tours ready to help you take your next vacation up a level. Here’s our list of 5 Central Oregon adventures that will make your summer fun!

Helicopter Tours and Adventures in Bend

Helicopter tours of the snow-capped Cascades are the BEST way to cool down this summer. Your heart starts beating more rapidly as soon as you step on the tarmac and make your way to the chopper. From there, your BPM likely will hover in the 110s as your Bend based helicopter tour gains altitude and starts flying over some of Central Oregon’s most iconic mountain peaks. See Smith Rock, the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top and South Sister like you’ve never seen before as the wind whips through the open doors of your aerial chariot. Big Mountain Heli Tours offers a variety of customizable tours for the entire family from $79 and up!

ATV Tours and Adventures in Oregon’s Outback

Buckle up for the ultimate all-terrain adventure as you set out for a half-day tour of Central Oregon’s lava fields, forests, and high desert. Outriders NW offers you the opportunity to pilot the car or just ride along. With over 3,000 square miles of sparkling lakes, spectacular mountains, and wide-open deserts, safely access the rugged forest and high desert to explore and experience the unseen natural beauty, that most people never see in a lifetime!

Rent a $99 Tent Camper and Explore Oregon

Bend based Big Mountain Adventures offer $99 tent campers for rent so you can explore more of Oregon’s outback this summer. Rent one for three days and visit the Cascade loops lakes, or go further with a five day rental to the Oregon coast and beyond!

Mountain Biking on Mt Bachelor in Summer

As an extension to the 300+ miles of mountain bike singletrack offered here in Central Oregon, The Mt. Bachelor Bike Park offers lift-served access to an additional 13 miles of downhill oriented trails. The ski area’s beginner lift, Sunshine Accelerator serves as a great introduction to the bike park for all ability levels. From there, riders can progress to Pine Marten Express where a combination of machine built and single track trails provide a thrill for any adventurous spirit – from intermediate runs to advance double black diamond trails.

Hot Air Balloon Rides and Adventures

Experience “The Art of Flight” with Big Sky Balloon Company. Hour long scenic hot air balloon flights provide a one of a kind experience in Central Oregon. Big Sky flies once a day, early in the morning and the flights are very weather dependent. Typically they’re airborne within an hour of sunrise. Not interested in flying in a balloon? You can just enjoy the scenery at the annual Balloons Over Bend event in late June.