Bend, Oregon at sunset on the Deschutes river

 

Finding a vacation spot that will satisfy the entire family can be a daunting and difficult thing to do. When planning a vacation for more than two people, compromises are usually made and, in the end, everyone is left feeling gypped. Don’t dread your family vacation, and don’t settle. This year, take a vacation that will leave everybody happy.

Bend, located in central Oregon, offers outdoor enthusiasts and shopaholics alike a beautiful, relaxing, and fulfilling vacation.

Shopping and Touring

Downtown Bend features a cosmopolitan vibe offering home décor, fine dining, fine art, jewelry, and more. Shop the Columbia, Nike, Rack Room Shoes, and other factory outlet stores. Visit the High Desert Museum, full of cultural history, art exhibits, animals, and engaging programs and shows.

The Sun Mountain Family Fun Center is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Featuring a wide range of arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, and mini-golf, you can spend quality family time having fun and making memories.

After a full day of shopping and fun, relax and dine at one of the family-friendly restaurants overlooking the beauties of the Deschutes river front.

Outdoor Adventures

Beyond a shopaholic’s dream come true, Bend holds thrilling adventures for explorers from all walks of life!

In the winter, experience endless fun. Ski, ice skate, or bobsled at Mount Bachelor. No matter your experience level, the runs are waiting to be carved. If you’re not a skier, you’re not left out! Tubes and snowshoes are also available for snow sport fun.

With a semi-arid climate, Bend stays at a pleasant cool throughout the spring summer and fall, making it the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities all year round. Bring your bike or rent one there and explore the single-track trails and old logger roads surrounding the town.

Hike Tumalo Falls. A 3.8-mile round-trip hike, Tumalo Falls features a 97-foot natural waterfall that is sure to impress.

Walk a lava tube. The Lava River Cave is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and offers self-guided exploration through the cave created by lava approximately 80,000 years ago.

Visit one or all 25 bodies of water surrounding Bend. Swim, fish, raft, kayak, canoe, and more! Famous for the fly fishing, Bend offers fly fishermen of all skill levels the opportunity for the catch of a lifetime. With Rainbow, Brown, Lake, Bull, and Brook trout in the area, a delicious feast, and a great story, is only a cast away.

If fishing doesn’t give you a thrill, try whitewater rafting! High Desert Outfitters offers rafting adventures on the Deschutes, McKenzie, North Santiam, Owyhee, Klickitat, Rogue, and Upper Klamath rivers. Experience the rush of working to stay right-side-up through rapids and enjoy the high of accomplishment at the end of the rafting stretch.

Don’t settle on a vacation this year. Go where everyone wants to go. Experience luxury along with the natural wonders of nature no matter the season in Bend, Oregon.