One of most intriguing travel destinations in the central region of Oregon, Bend, offers a wide range of attractions for anyone passing through the town and its incredible mountainous terrain. Bend is a place where tourists can go to explore the rich and fascinating landscape that the area is known for.
Popular Attractions in Bend
Emerging from humble beginnings as an unknown lumber town, Bend Central has dramatically transformed in recent times to become a thriving community which openly welcomes all tourists with a sense of adventure and an outdoorsy attitude. Enjoy Drake Park and Mirror Pond of Bend's downtown or take a trip to the TAW Gallery in Old District for some fascinating insight into the town’s history.
Drake Park and Mirror Pond
Drake Park is located in the historic city's downtown between the Deschutes River and Mirror Pond. The park is available any time of the year for kids, hikers, walkers, and dogs.
Pilot Butte State View Point
Pilot Butte is a 100-acre Oregon State Park, located on the 500-foot extinct volcano just east from the center of Bend. Pilot Buttle offers the spectacular panoramic views of Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte and Mt.Hood.
High Desert Museum
For those interested in discovering specific information about where the town comes from and how it has grown there are a number of museums including the much-loved winner of Trip Adviser’s number one attraction in Bend, the High Desert Museum, which is set across a staggering 135 acres and features a wonderful surprise with its huge selection wild animals including bobcats, otters, snakes, and birds of prey.
Bend Escape Room
If you’re looking for more brain stimulation than brain freeze then a great attraction for the whole family is the Bend Escape Room; a giant interactive puzzle to scratch your head over which requires teamwork and skills to try and locate and solve its hidden objects and clues.
If you feel like doing a bit of shopping or exploring the nightlife then the heart of the town is the place for you as it houses over 200 shops and restaurants. This cosmopolitan location has changed dramatically in recent times and has turned the mountain town into a great place for socializing with either friends or family.
Bend is home to Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream Factory. Despite guided tours costing no more than $2 per person, the site was voted as one of America’s best ice cream factory tours by travel guidebook series Frommer’s.
Recreational Opportunities in Bend
Bend is a travel destination that’s made to be explored by anyone with a sense of adventure and a passion for the outdoors. It also provides greatly for kids with its summer activities and is definitely not one to miss for anyone traveling through the northwest region of America.
Bend, located on the bank of Deschutes River, has 23 officially listed nature parks existing, within the confines of the mountainous region. Choose from skiing on Mount Bachelor, cycling, hiking, or even trailing through the Urban Trail System. If you’re even more daring you can attempt some of the more extreme air and water-based adventure activities such as a fly board or whitewater rafting.
Bend and Sights
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