Bend Oregon is an active and attractive city on the move. The mild weather and beautiful setting in the Cascade Mountains make Bend a prime location of outdoor adventure in Oregon. Visitors to bend should check out the High Desert Museum. There are excellent exhibits on the Oregon deserts early cultural and natural history, and the Raptor Center has Spotted Owls. The Deschutes Gallery’s collection of Native American art is definitely worth a look. Mirror Pond is a great place to take a break from shopping and sightseeing before catching a show at the retro Town Theater.
There are a number of nearby outdoor adventure spots around Bend. There are four rivers within a day’s drive of Bend that offer class I to IV rapids. The peaks of the Cascades are even more splendid when viewed from a hot air balloon. There are also opportunities for fishing, camping and hunting in the National Forests that surround Bend Oregon. Rock climbers will enjoy the 1,000+ bolted routes at Smith Rock Park. No ski-bum worth his chap-stick can pass up the 3,100 feet of vertical drop at Mt. Bachelor.