Hostshare Like a Local: Bend, Oregon

Discover the top 10 things to do in Bend, Oregon! From Smith Rock State Park's cliffs to craft beer culture and the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, Bend offers outdoor adventures and vibrant culture for all. Plan your Hostshare visit now! 🌄

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Top 10 Things to do in Bend

Nestled in the stunning high desert of Central Oregon, Bend is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a laid-back, vibrant atmosphere. From scenic landscapes to adventurous activities, here are our top favorite things to do in Bend, Oregon.

1. Explore Smith Rock State Park  🧗🏼‍♀️

Known as the birthplace of American sport climbing, Smith Rock State Park offers breathtaking views of towering cliffs, the Crooked River, and diverse wildlife. Whether you're a seasoned climber or a casual hiker, the park provides a variety of trails for every skill level.

2. Discover the Old Mill District 🛍️

Once a bustling lumber mill, the Old Mill District has transformed into a vibrant shopping and dining destination. Stroll along the Deschutes River, explore boutique shops, and savor delicious cuisine at one of the many riverside restaurants.

3. Experience Downtown Bend 🌆

Downtown Bend exudes charm with its historic architecture, art galleries, and a lively atmosphere. Explore the numerous breweries, coffee shops, and boutiques that line the streets. Don't forget to stop by Drake Park for a peaceful stroll along the Deschutes River.

4. Hit the Slopes at Mt. Bachelor ⛷️

If you're visiting during the winter, Mt. Bachelor is the place to be for skiing and snowboarding. The resort offers a variety of trails for all skill levels, and the breathtaking views of the Cascade Range are an added bonus.

5. Check out the Deschutes River Trail 🚴

For a more leisurely outdoor experience, take a walk or bike ride along the Deschutes River Trail. This scenic path winds through picturesque landscapes, providing a peaceful escape within the city.

6. Indulge in Craft Beer & Food Culture 🍺

Bend is often referred to as the "Beer City USA," and for good reason. With over 30 craft breweries, the city is a haven for beer enthusiasts. Embark on a brewery tour to sample a variety of local brews and experience Bend's thriving craft beer culture. Some of our favorites are Crux, Boneyard Pub, and Monkless.

7. Go Floating on the Deschutes River 🛶

During the warmer months, floating down the Deschutes River is a popular activity. Grab an inner tube, kayak, or paddleboard and enjoy a relaxing journey downstream while soaking in the scenic beauty that surrounds you.

8. Find some Live Music/Events 🎵

Bend hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. From the Bend Film Festival to the Bend Summer Festival, there's always something happening in this vibrant community. Check the local events calendar to plan your visit around one of these exciting gatherings here: Events and Happenings in Bend, OR.

9. Drive over to Sisters, Oregon 🚙

There is so much to see in the Bend area, including other towns nearby! Sisters, Oregon is only about a 30 minute drive from Bend and has stunning landscape and an adorable Old West ambiance in the town. There is plenty of trails, camping, as well as restaurants and shops!

10. Hike the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway 🏞️

Embark on a scenic drive along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and pristine lakes. Numerous hiking trails branch off from the byway, offering opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Cascade Range.

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, or a history buff, Bend, Oregon has something to offer for everyone. Plan your visit and immerse yourself in the charm and adventure of this Central Oregon gem. 🌄

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