Summer Vacation Fun in Bend & 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, or canoes. Book paddling lesson with a pro too.
Craving some arts and culture? Check out the the Roundabout Art Route on a guided outing and enjoy the fabulous BendArt Safari tour. Looking for something extra unique? Try a Segway tour from the Bend Tour Company. And if you're not sure where to start, leave the planning to someone else by letting Locals Compass create a custom itinerary just for you.
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.
Sunriver Resort17600 Center Dr, Sunriver, OR 97707Phone: 855.420.8206 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.
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 our 10th year and recently recognized as one of the top 10 shows in the country, this is a fine art show and sale not to be missed!
*August 25-27 at the Old Mill District-Free
Wanderlust Tours | Daily Canoe, Kayak, Moonlight & Starlight Canoe, Cave, Volcano, & Brewery Tours61535 S Hwy 97, Ste 13, Bend, OR 97702Phone: 541.389.8359 Visit the WebsiteThroughout the summer, Wanderlust Tours offers Daytime Canoe Tours, daily at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tours offered nightly. You can also enjoy The Bend Brew Bus or Local Pour 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.
Sun Country Tours531 SW 13th St, Bend, OR 97702Phone: 541.382.6277 Visit the WebsiteLooking for an unforgettable adventure during your visit to Bend? A whitewater rafting adventure is something everyone in your group will remember for a lifetime. Sun Country Tours has rafted the beautiful rivers of Oregon since 1978, and is one of the most respected outfitters in the West. The Big Eddy Thriller – our most popular trip – is only minutes from Bend and easily fits into a morning or afternoon so you can experience other fun things, like stand up paddle boarding and floating the river. Call us for ideas!
Airborne Outback AdventuresPhone: 541.280.4561 Visit the WebsiteCome explore the sheer beauty of Central Oregon from the air! Look no further than Airborne Outback Adventures with a Smith Rock or Mt. Bachelor intro flight -- "window seat guaranteed." Airborne Outback Adventures has over 30 years of experience, FAA certified aircraft and pilots. We are ready to take you on your flight of a lifetime. Give us a call today to make your reservation!
Black Butte Ranch | Year around recreation for the entire family7 Miles West of Sisters, ORPhone: 855.265.9090 Visit the Website
Nestled in more than 1,800 pristine acres of breathtaking Oregon beauty, Black Butte Ranch offers a wealth of year round activities — perfect for an authentic Oregon vacation. We offer 18 miles of hiking and biking trails, 36 holes of championship golf, a full service day spa and fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, steam room, and outdoor hot tub.
A new Lakeside complex featuring an expansive outdoor pool and hot tub, Bistro with indoor and outdoor dining, fitness facility, sauna and locker rooms, and a new family activity center and playground. Plenty of room with pickle ball and Bocce ball courts, volleyball and basketball courts. Swimming, horseback riding, tennis, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fly-fishing. The recreational opportunities at the Ranch are limitless. Don't miss our award-winning restaurants.
Bend Jeep® Tours| Scenic Off-Road Jeep AdventuresPhone: 541.797.3678 Visit the WebsiteJoin Bend Jeep Tours for a sightseeing adventure where you'll discover a "Top of the World" view of the majestic Cascade mountain range, waterfalls, and lava flows. Bend Jeep Tours scenic off-road adventures provide a unique opportunity for the young and young at heart to access and enjoy sightseeing the natural wonders that make Bend "the outdoor playground of the West." Come create vacation memories and photo opportunities that will last a lifetime!
|>> Aerial Tours & 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