Miles of trailway—51 miles in fact—weaving through sagebrush and volcanic rock delight the senses and ignite an excitement for exploration. Come snow or sunshine, the opportunity to commune with Mother Nature is abundant. Welcome to Bend, Oregon. This destination on the Deschutes River at the eastern edge of the Cascades is where ponderosa pine forests meet the high desert. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the city like bees to a honeycomb, and it’s not difficult to see why. In warmer months, the river is a playground for boaters and rafters, and snow-capped peaks promise a different kind of fun when the weather turns cold. Figure out where to stay in Bend and book your room on Travelocity, and your trip to Oregon is off to a great start.
With the Deschutes River, the Cascade Lakes, and many mountain slopes to explore, you’re never at a loss for how to connect with the great outdoors while you’re in Bend. The wind will dance through your hair and whip at your cheeks, your senses renewed and your worries out of reach. You’ll go mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting. And then you’ll rest and begin to explore the restaurant scene…
Cheap hotels in Bend offer a much-needed place to sleep at a great price; if you wake up and decide to enjoy a low-key day away from adrenaline, your options are exciting. Go for a stroll in the picturesque Drake Park Neighborhood Historic District or browse the exhibits at the High Desert Museum where you’ll learn about the history of the region, Bend's heritage as a logging town, and the flora and fauna of the high desert. End your visit with a nature walk around the museum's 135-acre grounds, which include a pond and creek amid the famed ponderosa pines. Need a little more of the Great Outdoors? Approximately 20 miles from Bend is the Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, where—in addition to skiing and snowboarding—you can go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and on sled dog rides. At the Lava River Cave south of the city, an exciting subterranean tour of lava tubes offers a dark and mysterious experience.
Bend boasts the largest beer trail in the West: the Bend Ale Trail, comprised of 16 breweries. Beer drinkers get a passport stamp at each brewery, and yes, you’ll get a prize if you fill up your book (in addition to a blissfully tipsy state). If the Ale Trail is not up your alley, Bend also has several distilleries and wineries with tours and samples. You’ll never go hungry, wise wanderer—your adventures will be properly sustained by everything from a thriving food cart scene to casual restaurants serving pizza, burgers, Mexican food, and classic American fare. For epicurean enthusiasts, Bend restaurants embracing the farm-to-table ethos will be a welcome sight.
Your adventure in Bend begins with a flight to Redmond, only 17 miles away. Make the journey to one of the topBend hotels, put down your bags, and tie up your hiking boots. It’s about time you rediscovered the beauty of Mother Nature.
Last Updated On March 10th 2017