Bend, OR

Travel Guide
Newberry National Volcanic Monument showing landscape views, a lake or waterhole and forests
Plenty of outdoor attractions, scenic views and a lively urban atmosphere make this mountain town one of central Oregon’s most popular destinations.

Bordered by the Deschutes River, surrounded by high desert and settled between the peaks of the Cascade Range, Bend is one of central Oregon’s most scenic towns. With a ski resort, bikeways, watersports and hot springs, it's the perfect spot for outdoor adventure or a relaxing getaway.

Originally named “Farewell Bend” after its location on the Deschutes River, Bend began as a lumber town. Take the family on a cycling tour of the area on the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway or ride through downtown following the Urban Trail System.

In summer, rent a canoe or kayak and float down the Deschutes River or try whitewater rafting if you are feeling adventurous. Children can learn to fish at Shevlin Park, which has a trout pond reserved solely for minors to fish from.

Explore Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument and learn about the volcanic activity that has shaped the region for millennia. Afterwards, recharge with a relaxing soak in the Paulina Hot Springs Lake.

In winter, head up to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, which is located just 22 miles (32.2 kilometers) outside the town center. Ski or snowboard down some of the 88 runs. Non-skiers can ride down the slopes on a dog sled, snowmobile or snow tube.

Bend offers more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon. Embark on the Bend Ale Trail and savor malts and India pale ales from some of the town’s best breweries. Enjoy the variety of restaurants, shops and galleries that line the streets downtown. Public art installations are located throughout Bend, so there is plenty to see as you walk down the streets.

The town of Bend is a 3-hour scenic drive from Portland, Oregon’s state capital. The closest airport is in Redmond, a 20-minute drive north. Bend’s agreeable climate, picturesque location and lively atmosphere make it an unmissable destination.

Where to stay in Bend

Old Mill District showing a river or creek and kayaking or canoeing

Southern Crossing

4.5/5(173 area reviews)

While visiting Southern Crossing, you might make a stop by sights like Hayden Homes Amphitheater and Old Mill District.

Southern Crossing
Bend which includes a bridge

Old Bend

5/5(28 area reviews)

While visiting Old Bend, you might make a stop by sights like Deschutes River and Drake Park.

Old Bend
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Orchard District

4/5(395 area reviews)

While visiting Orchard District, you might make a stop by sights like Central Bend and Blockbuster.

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Century West

4.5/5(127 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Century West and surrounding area, you can visit Deschutes Brewery and Hayden Homes Amphitheater.

Century West
Breakfast delights! This place is spot on. 

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Larkspur

4/5(362 area reviews)

Larkspur might not have many top sights, but Pilot Butte State Park and Old Mill District are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

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Southwest Bend

While visiting Southwest Bend, you might make a stop by sights like Deschutes River and Bend Factory Stores.

Southwest Bend
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
3.5 out of 5
3075 N. Business 97, Bend, OR
The price is $132 per night from May 19 to May 20
$132
$175 total
includes taxes & fees
May 19 - May 20
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly resort in Bend. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor pool, and breakfast (surcharge). Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (1,255 reviews)
"Great time! Lovely place, good food, helpful staff."

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Campfire Hotel
Campfire Hotel
3 out of 5
721 NE 3rd Street, Bend, OR
The price is $127 per night from May 19 to May 20
$127
$142 total
includes taxes & fees
May 19 - May 20
Stay at this hotel in Bend. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular attractions Old ...
9/10 Wonderful! (1,012 reviews)
Casual, comfortable, great for outdoorsy travelers
"We were met warmly and welcomed by the hotel staff, and were provided a great little dog welcome bag when we checked in. The fire pit outside was very cool. There was not very much grass for our dog to use, and the parking was tight in the lot, but the quiet hours at 10:00 pm were greatly appreciated. ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Campfire Hotel
Hotel Peppertree Bend, BW Premier Collection
Hotel Peppertree Bend, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
1082 SW Yates Dr, Bend, OR
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $157 per night from May 27 to May 28
$157
$176 total
includes taxes & fees
May 27 - May 28
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Bend. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
9/10 Wonderful! (1,009 reviews)
"Very clean. Staff was great. Pool was busy, but fun."

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Hotel Peppertree Bend, BW Premier Collection
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Sunriver Resort
Sunriver Resort
4 out of 5
17600 Center Drive, Bend, OR
Book a stay at this spa condo in Bend. Enjoy free valet parking, an outdoor pool, and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Sunriver Resort Golf Course and ...