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Top Things To Do in Bend

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Small but packed with breathtaking nature, Bend is diverse in its landscapes. The snow-capped mountain ranges, gushing rivers and enchanting forests allure adventure seekers to this scenic city. Humble in disposition, the local cuisine, theatres and arts have built a strong cultural base for tourists and visitors here.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a part of the Deschutes National Forest and is a massive region comprising of trails, paved paths, lakes, lava fields and much more. Hiking and exploring the entire region can take even days, so the area draws in a lot of campers. So if you love the outdoors then you will be mesmerized with this unique geographic region which was shaped due to volcanic activity.

58201 South Highway 97, Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR, United States, 97702
Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls is a picturesque waterfall located on Tumalo Creek within the Deschutes National Forest. With a drop of 97 feet (29.56 meters), the waterfall cascades down a steep cliff into a large pool below. The trail to Tumalo Falls is a moderate hike that takes you through beautiful forests and along 2.5 miles (4.02 kilometers). The trail offers stunning views of the Cascade Mountains, the surrounding landscape, and of course, the waterfall itself. Surrounded by lush vegetation, it makes for a great spot for hiking, picnicking, and swimming during the summer months.

Tumalo Falls Trail, Deschutes National Forest, Bend, OR, United States, 97703
High Desert Museum

Established in 1982, the High Desert Museum showcases the culture and natural history along with the flora, fauna and natural resources. The museum has indoor as well as outdoor space to showcase their exhibits focusing on the cultural as well as natural heritage of the deserts in North America. Located within an expanse of 54.6 hectares (135 acres) the museum has a large outdoor exhibit space, a cafe, a library as well as an indoor exhibit space.

59800 US Highway 97, Bend, OR, United States, 97702
Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint

Unique to the city of Bend, the Pilot Butte is a volcanic rock formation in the form of a cone. This small hill can be hiked upon thanks to the three spiraling trails on its surface. From the summit, one can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Open all throughout the year, a visit to this place is a must when in Bend.

Off Greenwood Avenue, Bend, OR, United States, 97701
Drake Park

This riverside park offers the much-needed serenity and peace away from the city chaos. Located by the riverside Drake Park offers great views and its green stretches of lawns are certainly an eye-soothing sight. During summer, this otherwise quiet space comes alive with various events and festivities. Apart from that, Drake Park also features a small stage, walkways, bike racks, a seating area and many other requisite facilities. Be it an evening stroll or a local concert, Drake Park is a preferred venue amongst the people of Bend.

777 Northwest Riverside Boulevard, Bend, OR, United States, 97701
Deschutes Historical Museum

The Deschutes Historical Museum, as the name suggests, showcases the history of the Deschutes region, right from pre-colonial times up to the recent past. Exhibits range from Native American to colonial rule and much more, making it a great source of knowledge about the area.

129 North West Idaho Avenue, Bend, OR, United States, 97701
Lava River Cave

About 700,000 years ago, the Lava River Cave came into existence after a volcanic reaction took place. This lava tube is located within the premises of the Coconino National Forest and was discovered in 1915 by local lumbermen. The cave is open to public visitation and attracts several nature lovers throughout the year.

171B Forest Road, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ, United States, 86001
Deschutes National Forest

The Deschutes National Forest is a vast stretch of wilderness that is spread across several counties in central Oregon. The Newberry National Volcanic Monument, various wilderness areas, scenic rivers and the Oregon Cascade Recreation Area are few of the many on-site attractions that draw adventure enthusiasts and wildlife explorers to its picturesque landscapes. Relax or rejuvenate as you spend a day at the forest and experience exciting outdoor activities like biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, horse riding, and also try your hand at fossil collecting. If you wish to spend the night, the forest also offers campgrounds, cabin rentals, and RV camping options.

63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR, United States, 97701
Goody's Chocolates & Ice Cream

If you're craving ice-cream or just some good, old fashioned chocolate treat, then look no further than Goody's Chocolates & Ice Cream. This award winning store's downtown location slings ice-cream for a nominal price, making it a favorite among locals. Moreover, the colorful storefront with all the wares on displays further attracts passer-byes.

957 North West Wall Street, Bend, OR, United States, 97701
Shevlin Park

Right near the main city of Bend, lies the sprawling and breathtakingly beautiful Shevlin Park. Blessed with natural splendor, the park has trails ideal for hiking and biking right alongside a serene stream, making it a perfect place for a quick hike and rejuvenation.

18920 Northwest Shevlin Park Road, Bend, OR, United States, 97701
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