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Bend Highlights

  • Pro
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     Rivers, Trees, Mountains, Hiking, Waterfalls 

  • Con
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     Fast growth in population 

  • In a nutshell
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     Outdoor Lovers Paradise 

Bend Things to Do

  • Tumalo Falls

    Tumalo Falls is a beautiful 97-foot waterfall in Deschutes National Forest, about 12 miles west of Bend. There is a small fee of $5 per vehicle, payable at self-serve kiosks near the parking lot. An overlook at the end of the parking lot provides views of the waterfall straight on from a distance, or you can hike a short ways along North Fork Trail...

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  • Lava River Cave

    Lava River Cave is the longest known lava tube in Oregon. Located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument within Deschutes National Forest, it's about 10 miles south of Bend. There is a day-use fee of $5 per vehicle to visit that is payable at the small office. They also rent propane lanterns for $5 - I would highly recommend renting one, unless you...

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  • CAMPING IN CENTRAL OREGON

    I AM SO SORRY YOU GOT SUCH POOR INFORMATION. BEND IS SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL CAMPGROUNDS WITH PLENTY OF WATER AS WELL AS SOME WITH A DECENT AMOUNT OF PRIVACY. THE HIGH LAKES (HEAD UP CENTURY DRIVE) ARE NUMEROUS AND CAN FIT THE LIKES AND NEEDS OF MOST ANY CAMPER. SOME ALLOW BOATS FOR SKING AND TUBING WHILE OTHERS ALLOW ONLY CRAFT WITHOUT ANY MOTORS....

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  • DRAKE PARK

    Smack dab in the middle of Bend lies the Deschutes River backed up by a small irrigation dam just north of the downtown. The lake formed is called the Mirror Pond and it is home to many ducks, geese and swans. Houses occupy the west banks, but along the east bank a beautiful park - named for the City Founder - serves as the inner city living room....

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  • TUMALO FALLS

    About 15 miles west of Bend is the dramatic 97 foot high Tumalo Falls. Tumalo Creek drops in churning fashion over basaltic lava cliffs. There is a picnic area and viewpoint below and at the crest of the falls. Purple pentstemon glow out of the lava cliffs, brightening the picture and slowing the photographing hiker's progress.See my Travelogue for...

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  • SOUTH SISTER

    A stiff hike - 11 miles roundtrip and 4900 feet of elevation gain will take you the the top of Oregon's third highest mountain - South Sister, 10358 feet high. From Devils Lake Trailhead on the Cascade Lakes HIghway - 6.5 miles past Mt Bachelor - you push up a forested gully for the first 1.5 miles before emerging onto a large sandy plain. South...

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  • Good Food and Beer

    Bend is a city known for its breweries, so although we only visited for one day, we had to check one out. We were staying at the Pine Ridge Inn and the Lodge was right across the street and so very convenient. We weren't very hungry, so we just split an appetizer and had some drinks. I can't comment on most of the menu, but the crab and artichoke...

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  • Good BBQ in Bend

    Baldy's Barbeque has multiple locations in and around Bend. We stopped for lunch at the westside location at the corner of Century Drive and Simpson Avenue on our way out to Tumalo Falls. We're from North Carolina and are accustomed to good barbeque and Baldy's didn't disappoint. My wife got the baby back ribs and I had a pulled pork sandwich on...

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  • ADVENTUREOUS BEER FOR ADVENTUREOUS TIMES

    Another of the pioneers of the microbrewing revolution, Deschutes Brewing was formed early in the initial waves - 1988. The downtown brewpub is truly one of downtown Bend's 'must' stopping places. Crowds throng to try the great beers - Mirror Pond Pale Ale was named by Men's Journal as America's finest beer a few years back. The different beers are...

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  • Six Microbrewery Pub Crawl

    Certainly Oregon has a well-deserved reputation as a great destination for beer lovers. And while Portland gets the lion's share of the attention, a few hours to the east, Bend has 5 excellent breweries all within a short walk of each other and a sixth is just 5 minutes away by car.Cascade Lakes Brewing - The LodgeStart here, as you'll have to...

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  • Club 97 is about the only spot...

    Club 97 is about the only spot in Bend where people go. There is a great mix of people and music. Where what you want. It is primarily young people but there are older people there. Saturday night is the best night to go. Thursday night is comedy night and there is a comedian. I think it starts at 8pm. If you like strip clubs there are 2. One is...

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Bend Transportation

  • Travel By Four-Feet In Bend, Oregon

    Although travel by motor is common and often preferred, to see the beauty and true-life within Bend, Oregon, one must slow the pace to a minimum by surrendering to the four-footed kind, horses! Come now, foot up, you'll soon be one with nature....a few photos of what we experienced as well as other means of travel within the serenity of this...

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  • no local bus system between bend and...

    bend and redmond need to have local mass transit bus system connecting both cities to get to shopping malls from redmoond area and back /redmond being a industrial town does not have any local bus system to get to bend and back for people who want to go shopping in bend /

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Bend Local Customs

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    by meier26 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Don't say your from California. Don't get too dressed up for anything unless you know what your'e doing (i.e. invitation or occasion requires it). DO NOT speed through Terrebonne (hwy 97) or anywhere else if you can help it.

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Bend Warnings and Dangers

  • The Views are distracting

    Everywhere you go, even just through town, you can get magnificent views of the surrounding scenery including all the mountains, buttes, trees and blue skies. Just even a glance in your driving mirror can you can catch a glimpse of the beauty! You might be tempted to take a picture while at a stop light, like I was or at other inopportune times.

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  • Watch for patches of ice in...

    Watch for patches of ice in the winter. Look out for shady places on the road where even though the sun is out and temperatures are up, the pavement is still frozen. Also stay as far away as you can from all the 'invincible drivers' who have studs or 4 wheel drive. They cause most of our accidents. *%!*# tourists!

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Bend Tourist Traps

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    by meier26 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    SUNRIVER-it's all very nice, but it's just as nice and alot cheaper to stay in Bend! Everything is overpriced, and all entertainment/activity options can be exhausted pretty quickly. Bend has more. PS kids get bored very quickly there.

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Bend What to Pack

  • Be prepared

    Be prepared for cool weather almost any day of the year. Mornings can be cool (I was there in July and it was in the 30's), but it warms up nicely by afternoon. Do NOT forget your camera! So much to take pictures of- mountains, wildlife, & streams.

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  • Packing List

    No matter what time of year, always bring a jacket and jeans. It can get pretty cold in the winter but it is a dry cold so it doesn't seem as bad. During the summer it may be 95 degrees during the day, but we have summer frosts. The temperature gets down in the 20's in the middle of July sometimes. Usually averages in the 40's. On hot days we tend...

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  • Packing List

    One thing people don't realize about the summers in Bend, it can be very warm all day, but in the evenings it can cool right down, don't forget to pack a sweater or sweatshirt for the evenings when it does cool down. Be prepared for sun, in summer & in winter, especially if you are up on Mt. Bachelor. Those mountains are beautiful at sun...

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Bend Off The Beaten Path

  • The Funny Farm

    The Funny Farm is an odd sort of store/animal refuge sort of place. It's like if you're great-aunt had a full house estate sale and the entire neighborhood brought stuff over. But you don't really go to the Funny Farm to shop, you go for the experience. A Bowling ball garden, dead man flower garden, the Wizard of Oz yellow brick road, the heart...

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  • Suttle Lake- Hike/walk Loop

    This place is about 45 minutes sort of NW of Bend, bout 15 minutes past Sisters on Hwy 20. I spent two summers lifeguarding at a camp on the lake...that's my old lifeguard chair in the picture. There is a walking/biking trail around the lake that is approx 3.5 miles if you take the direct loop. You can ski, swim, fish, jetski, canoe..all the usual...

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  • Walking

    This is Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Located south of Bend off route 97. The entire area of the Monument consists of 50,000 acres of lakes, lava flows and geologic features. The volcano erupted some 7,000 years ago leaving nine square miles of lava. There are trails for hiking throughout this area.

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Bend Sports & Outdoors

  • Snowboarding / Skiing at Mt. Bachelor

    Mt. Bachelor resort is a great place for beginners and advanced skiiers and snowboarders alike to test their skills. The ski school offers a variety of lessons for every skill level. The mountain boasts a vast terrain and three lodges. The snow is usually stellar and the runs, groomed. And when the winds allow, the Summit Chair offers great...

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  • Pilot Butte: The Biggest Gym In Bend

    Pilote Butte is this huge mound of rock and dirt that just sticks up in the middle of the city. It's a nice small hike, roundtrip of 45 minutes. At the top you can see for miles around and get a even neater look at the mountains. You can drive up or walk or even bike ride. Water. A sweatshirt or jacket in case the wind picks up. A camera for shots...

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  • Go see the Metolius River. It...

    Go see the Metolius River. It is an amazing river that you can see where the river starts and comes out of the ground. The water is ice cold and crystal clear. It is a fly fishing only river. It is too cold to swim in and too shallow for boats. It is a must see. If you have the chance to camp, the metolius river is a great place to go. And make...

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  • If you want to do any...

    If you want to do any shopping, do it in Oregon. Oregon has no state sales tax. The outlet malls are the perfect location if you want cheap brand items. Too bad by now the exchange rate for the US dollar makes the prices uninteresting for Europeans.

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  • sverige's General Tip

    Bend is where much of my family lives or has lived. It is sort of my second home. My fondest memories would have to be, Fireworks off of Pilot Butte with Root Beer floats, going to the summit of Mt. Bachelor, photograhing the Three Sisters & the Deschutes River, walking through Drake Park, the smell of such fresh air & juniper...only Bend has...

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