At one time Bend was one of Oregonеs best kept secrets for outdoor enthusiasts but today, after a period as one of the statеs fastest growing cities, it has become one of Oregon's most popular tourist vacation spots. With year-round sporting activities and renowned resorts, it is the best of the great northwest and a rental car in Bend gets you close to spectacular scenery. Check online for Bend national travel deals.
Redmond Municipal Airport has daily connections to Portland via Horizon Airlines and United Express and is just 16 miles from Bend by car rental. Bend is well connected to the rest of the state. The east-west Highway 20 meets the north-south Highway 97 in Bend making the town and other central Oregon locations easy to access from Portland, Eugene, and Ashland, west of the Cascades, Pendleton in the north-east, or Klamath Falls in the south. Though there is no rail service in Central Oregon, Greyhound coaches do connect Bend to the other major towns in the state.
Although he town itself is complete with theaters, shopping, fine dining and unique micro-breweries (all of which are perfect after a long day of outdoor fun), main attractions lie beyond the city limits but are easy to access through car rental from Bend. A great place to understand the central Oregon setting is the High Desert Museum. In this combination museum/zoo youеll find everything about the plains between the Cascade and Rocky Mountains, from landforms to native Americans and early white settlers, as well as living wildlife which includes a birds-of-prey show.
The Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau provide maps for the 87-mile loop Cascade Lakes Highway. One of the most popular outings, this National Scenic Byway, will take you by wonderful panoramas of the Cascades. You can easily get there via rental car from Bend and will pass lakes and reservoirs which are good for a swim or picnic after a hiking one of the many trailheads nearby. With cross-country trails and more than 70 downhill runs, itеs no wonder that Mount Bachelor Ski and Summer Resort is a mecca for snow lovers. Just 22 miles west of Bend, Bachelor has one of the longest ski seasons in the States (November to July).
Whether you want a half-day, full-day or overnight hike, there are plenty of places around Bend. The Deschutes River Trail and Three Sisters Wilderness offer rugged and moderate trails in secluded nature. In the summer Mt. Bachelor is open for mountain biking with the option of taking the ski lift for a thrilling bike ride down. Many other areas are open for riding. If you want someone else to do the work, several companies, including the famous Sunriver resort, offer horseback riding. You will find national travel deals to Bend on the internet.
The Deschutes River and additional streams, lakes, and reservoirs offer pristine fishing. Also, with 25 golf courses at all fee levels, there are almost as many wonderful greens as there are perfect fishing holes in and around Bend. Any or all of the above can be combined with camping trips ranging from developed areas to primitive sites. For the more adventurous, white water rafting is available, and Smith Rock State Park in Redmond has some of the best traditional and sport climbing routes in America. While you're in Central Oregon a beautiful drive south will take you to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Oregonеs own Crater Lake National Park.