Summer Vacation Fun in Bend and Central Oregon
People often ask the best time of year to visit Bend, and while we’re morally obligated to tell you it’s amazing 365 days a year, let’s admit it—there’s no place on earth offering a better summer vacation than Bend, Oregon.
June, July, August, and September are great months to explore Bend’s wide open spaces,and you can do it in dozens of ways. Try biking, cycling, hiking, fly-fishing, standup paddleboarding, rock climbing, rafting, golfing and so much more!
When your legs are tired and you’ve got a goofy grin plastered on your face, take a break to do some people-watching while you enjoy a scrumptious meal on an outdoor patio at one of our amazing Bend restaurants. Summer is also a great time for events, ranging from concerts to festivals—all featured on our huge calendar of summer events. Don't forget, too that all of that playing means that your body needs a great place to recharge. Find that perfect place on our where to stay page, where you can find options from hotels and motels to vacation rentals and B&Bs.
Traveling with kids for the ultimate Bend family vacation? Take a trip to the High Desert Museum to check out the animals and enjoy unique exhibits. Run the young’uns ragged at Sun Mountain Fun Center where they’ll enjoy bowling, arcade games, billiards, bumper cars, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, and batting cages. To explore lakes, volcanoes, or caves, book an outing with Wanderlust Tours, or explore Central Oregon on a mountain bike when you hit the trails with Cog Wild. If the Deschutes River is calling your name, stop by Stand on Liquid or Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe which is near the new whitewater park to rent float tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, or book paddling lesson with a pro.
If you’re fond of the foodie scene, schedule a culinary adventure with The Well Traveled Fork. Craving some arts and culture? Check out the the Roundabout Art Route on a guided outing with GETIT Shuttle and enjoy the fabulous BendArt Safari tour. Looking for something extra unique? Try a Segway tour from the Bend Tour Company.
No matter how you choose to spend the hours of your amazing Bend getaway, you’re sure to enjoy every sun-soaked minute!
|>> Canoe, Kayak & River Activities
||>> Trail Running
|>> Golf Courses
||>> White Water Rafting
|>> Guided Tours||>> Bend Ale Trail|
Brasada Ranch | Conde Nast's Best Resort in the Pacific Northwest16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd., Bend/Powell Butte OR 97753Phone: 855.789.3958 Visit the WebsiteVoted Conde Nast's Best Resort in the Pacific Northwest, Brasada Ranch is an 1,800-acre resort and lodge located just east of Bend, and features suites and cabins that meld rustic elegance with understated luxury. The resort features suites and vacation rentals, golf course, spa, horseback riding, athletic center with multiple pools, bike rentals, hiking trails, kids’ programming, and more. Brasada Ranch is an ideal escape for families, couples and golf groups, and also features meeting and event space ideal for weddings, corporate retreats, and more.
Old Mill DistrictPhone: 541.312.0131 Visit the Website
The Old Mill District is Bend’s premier shopping center entertainment district located on the banks of the Deschutes River. The Les Schwab Amphitheater is an incredible venue for live music by national acts and hosts a Free Summer Sunday concert series in the summertime. Enjoy walks on the river trail, historic plaques detailing Bend’s past or patio dining with spectacular mountain views. Rent a surrey at Wheel Fun Rentals and take the entire family on a scenic bike ride. Float the river or take out a stand-up paddle board from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe. The Old Mill District offers a fantastic array of shops and restaurants, numerous events as well as a unique 12-hole fly casting course, sand volleyball courts and birding along the Deschutes River migratory corridor.
Confluence Fly Shop375 SW Powerhouse Dr Suite 100 Bend OR 97702Phone: 804.221.7748 Visit the WebsiteConfluence Fly Shop is Bend, Oregon's Premier Fly shop, situated on the banks of the Deschutes River in The Old Mill District. We pride ourselves in providing world class product and guided trips. Our staff is committed to providing you with up to the minute intelligence, honest opinions and superior customer service. If you're looking to fish the waters around Bend, Oregon look no further than Confluence Fly Shop to be the team that points you in the right direction.
Art in the High Desert - "Truly original - Made for you"Phone: 541.322.6272 Visit the WebsiteArt in the High Desert is a signature event in Central Oregon's thriving art scene. This premier juried fine arts & craft show will showcase over 110 visual artists from across North America. For three days, you will have the unique opportunity to visit with, see and buy original art from some of the top artists in the country. Celebrating their eighth year and recently recognized as one of the top 12 shows in the country, this is a fine art show and sale not to be missed!
*August 28-30 at the Old Mill District-Free
Wanderlust Tours | Daily Canoe, Kayak, Moonlight & Starligh Canoe, Cave, Volcano, Coffee & Brewery Tours61535 S Hwy 97, Suite 13, Bend, OR 97702Phone: 541.389.8359 Visit the WebsiteThroughout the Summer Wanderlust Tours offers Daytime Canoe Tours, daily at 9am and 1:30pm with Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tours offered nightly. You can also enjoy The Bend Brew Bus, Local Pour Tour or a Morning Coffee Tour if a relaxing day around town strikes your fancy. Wanderlust Tours excels at vibrantly sharing the the cultural and natural history of this spectacular area on each and every tour. Tours are open to all experience levels and come complete with a world class naturalist guide.
Sunriver Resort17600 Center Dr Sunriver OR 97707Phone: 800.852.9177 Visit the WebsiteSunriver Resort offers amazing activities for families to enjoy. Explore the Sunriver Marina, Stables, Nature Center, Observatory, Sage Springs Spa & Club, four golf courses, bike trails, retail shops, restaurants, tennis courts and much more! Endless opportunities await just 15 miles south of Bend at the base of the Cascade Mountains!
Pronghorn Resort | Luxury Pursuits and Adventures65600 Pronghorn Club Dr Bend OR 97701Phone: 877.481.2039 Visit the Website
Pronghorn stands as the premier residential resort community in Central Oregon for those who appreciate an active and authentic lifestyle. Challenge yourself on our Jack Nicklaus signature golf course which plays firm and fast and gives a minimalist experience with ancient lava rock ridges and outcroppings that intertwine with natural landscaping while accenting magnificent views of the Cascades Mountain range. While Bend offers an incredible array of activities, only Pronghorn provides the opportunity to customize each moment to all your personal needs and desires. Our Adventures team has the ability to provide the experience of a lifetime. Come enjoy culinary explorations, world-class golf, endless outdoor pursuits and uniquely customized experiences that will inspire and invigorate your soul.
|>> Aerial Tours and Scenic Flights||>> Bend Ale Trail Beer Tour
|>> Bicycle Cab & Carriage Ride Tours||>> Biking|
|>> Bird Watching||>> Boating|
|>> Bungee Jumping||>> Canoe, Kayak & River Activities|
|>> Cultural Tours||>> Crater Lake National Park|
|>> Culinary Tours||>> Disc Golf|
|>> Equestrian Polo||>> Fishing|
|>> Golf Courses||>> Hiking|
|>> History Tours||>> Horseback Riding|
|>> Indoor Fun
||>> Motor Sports|
|>> Mt. Bachelor in the Summer||>> Pickleball
|>> Museums||>> Rock Hounding
|>> Rock Climbing||>> Standup Paddle Boarding
|>> Sightseeing||>> Spelunking & Caving
|>> Spas||>> Swimming
|>> Star Gazing||>> Trail Running
|>> Tennis||>> White Water Rafting
|>> Walking Tours||>> Historic Cemetery Tours