Taking in the view of Tumalo Falls
Stand-up paddleboarding on Sparks Lake
Fort Rock, an iconic landmark amidst the high desert terrain
All the thrills and smiles of a whitewater rafting trip
Aerial view of Bend’s Old Mill District, a local center for dining, shopping and art
Todd Lake in the shadow of Mt. Bachelor
The Dee Wright Observatory, a training site for the first NASA lunar landing in the 1960s
The original Deschutes Brewery Public House in downtown Bend
Adventure calls in the mountains, river and desert
Undeterred by heights, speed or difficulty? Perfect. Heart-thumping thrills are abundant here. Conquer the Class III rapids at Big Eddy or Boxcar on the Deschutes River. Go ahead and jump off a bridge – tethered to a bungee cord, of course – at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint. Hover above dormant volcanoes and glacial lakes on a helicopter tour of the Cascade Mountains. Tear through lava flows and backcountry desert on an ATV. Mt. Bachelor’s bike park is all about downhill riding, while Smith Rock is all about uphill climbing.
Golfing and Fishing
If swinging a golf club or flicking a fishing pole is more your speed, there’s plenty of that too. Central Oregon is home to 30 golf courses, three of which are in Golf Digest’s top 100 public courses in the USA: Tetherow in Bend, Pronghorn in Bend and Crosswater Club in Sunriver. The plethora of rivers and lakes guarantees a good catch, especially trout and steelhead. Book a guided fishing trip to get straight to the best spots.
The influence of Native American tribes and pioneer settlers are part of the cultural fabric of Central Oregon. Immerse yourself in the stories of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Northern Paiute tribes at the Museum at Warm Springs. Learn about early pioneers at Deschutes Historical Museum and the High Desert Museum, both in Bend. Bring it all to life with a real cattle drive at Long Hollow Ranch or Wilson Ranches Retreat. Both offer overnight, dude ranch-style accommodations for an authentic outback experience.