There are so many different things to do in Bend, Oregon! The city is certainly well known for its seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits like mountain biking, fishing, skiing, golfing and more, there's another, more sophisticated side of this once sleepy little lumber town. Sure, a morning hike to nearby Tumalo Falls is nice. But what if strenuous activity just isn't your thing? Well, you're in luck! Bend is bustling with live music, theater, film, fine dining, fabulous shopping and more. So no matter what you like to do, there's plenty of it here and you'll feel right at home doing it. Here are our picks for Things To Do in Bend, Oregon:
With over 30 golf courses in Central Oregon, it's pretty obvious that we take the game seriously. Our high desert climate and variety of terrain make Bend and Central Oregon the best place to take your game. Visit the Central Oregon Visitors Association website to learn more and to find a directory of area courses.
The only thing we take more seriously than golf is our beer. Bend has a slight obsession, shall we say, with craft brews. So much so, that we have a city tour dedicated to sampling some of the most delicious brews in the Northwest (The Bend Ale Trail), and a cycle pub that allows you to combine your love of microbrews and cycling in one fell swoop.
Being included as one of the "Top 10 Amazing Mountain Bike Destinations" (bike Magazine) is no small feat. But then again, Central Oregonians like a good challenge. Whether you're looking to ride world-class mountain biking terrain, or explore on your road bike (or even if a cruiser bike is more your style), you'll be in good company around here. Just don't forget your helmet!
A lazy float down the Deschutes River? Stand-up paddling on a glassy mountain lake? Fly-fishing for the perfect brown trout? Or riding some rapids? It's all just minutes from your door at NorthWest Crossing. With an astounding 252 miles of fishable waters and lakes so plentiful, you'll know how the Cascade Lakes Highway got its name. Get more info at Visit Bend.
Mt. Bachelor, a short 20 minutes away, provides some of the freshest powder in the Northwest. Welcome to a winter wonderland enjoyed by everyone from Olympic skiiers and boarders to snowshoers and kiddos learning to catch air on a perfectly greased sled. Not to mention some great adventures for cross country enthusiasts.
It's too bad shopping isn't a competitive sport. But with charming downtown boutiques and antique stores, to trendy shops in the Old Mill, Bend has enough to keep the "amateurs" busy. And for the city folk, don't worry. We've got plenty of those nice "box" stores with all the necessities.
Art & History
With one visit to Bend's High Desert Museum, you'll be hooked. Live raptors and wildlife, as well as living history exhibits will delight and engage everyone in the family. Take a tour of the city's vast array of roundabout art or catch the First Friday Art Walk downtown. The historic Tower Theatre presents a variety of live entertainment every week.
Foodies, rejoice! Bend, Oregon offers some of the best dining the Northwest has to offer. From relaxed and cozy to ultra hip and swanky, Bend's dining scene rivals larger metro areas. And don't miss the restaurants and cafés right in NorthWest Crossing.