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4.5 out of 5
20 member's reviews
12,630 people visited Bend
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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 79%
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  • 65%
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  • 51%
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  • 51%
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    5 Nov 05, 2013

    Beer and snow go hand-in-hand in this town, which counts 12 breweries and two more opening in Spring 2013 along what’s been dubbed the Bend Ale Trail. Is it any wonder the population’s rising? The compact historic downtown fits in an impressive number of Craftsman-style bungalows, galleries, and innovative restaurants (look out for Boken and Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails). And while Bend receives less than 12 inches of rain annually, Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort gets an average of 400 inches of snow. Do the math, and you’ve got a prime destination for all kinds of adventure; Smith Rock State Park is a premier rock-climbing destination with 14,000 climbing routes, while many golf courses and fly-fishing outfitters are open all four seasons.

    Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
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    John White
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    5 Nov 05, 2013

    Micro brew, skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting and the list goes on. It is all right at your finger tips. A town which has experienced much growth over the last 5-10 years. With the Redmond airport just north of town, you can make great connections to this adventure gateway.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersFamily TravelersGreen TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Oct 17, 2013

    Bend has amazing places to go skiing and snowboarding thanks to Mount Bachelor. The snow should cover the mountains by the time you drive up to Portland in November, so if you can, I would advise taking a day or two and go skiing or snowboarding.

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    K. Angel Horne
    4 Feb 28, 2013

    This is kind of a resort town, and I admittedly was only there for a day, but I would say what it lacks in diversity (the whole town is kind of a Patagonia ad), it makes up for with one cute tea house, a steamy little bath-house in a funky inn, and high-quality breweries.

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    Autum Thoms
    4 Oct 31, 2012

    I have always loved Bend. There is so much to do if your adventurous, Horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, biking and spas.

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    Kauai Vacation Rent
    5 Oct 07, 2012

    First time there, beautiful area, every outdoor sport imaginable is within a 10 minute drive from town. Great downtown area with quaint restaurants and shops, right on the Deschutes River. Planning on returning in November!

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    David Eastin
    3 Aug 09, 2012

    At the base of mountains and surrounded by National Parks, you are bound to have fun in the outdoors here. The drive from the coast to Bend is amazing and there are plenty of cheap places to stay once you get there.

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    Inga Johnson
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Our go-to destination for long weekends. You can bike, ski, fish, float or just hang. Everything is so accessible and finding rentals is incredibly easy. I vote for staying in town versus the outlying subdivision of SunRiver.

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  • Bend
    Max Sugerman
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    I have been to Bend in both the Winter and the Summer and during both seasons, I had an extremely hard time leaving. Bend is located in the Central Oregon high desert, with amazing views of the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range. What makes Bend great is it's proximity to an endless amount of outdoor activities for every season, including tubing, bungee jumping, snow mobiling, hiking and the greates part, by far, the best ski resort I have ever been to is only a half an hour away. Mount Bachelor Ski Resort is much less crowded than Tahoe and the staff and patrons alike are very very friendly. If the outdoors aren't for you, Bend's brand new Mill District will keep you entertained. The Mill District has great shopping and frequently has some very big names in music playing shows. Bend is also very well known for it's Breweries, one week was not nearly enough time to check them all out. Bend is developing into a cosmopolitan city enough to do in and around the city for a lifetime. Very well worth the drive over the Cascade Mountains.

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    Janice E
    5 May 25, 2013
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