There are several ways that you can cruise like a local when you visit Bend. From using your blinker when exiting a roundabout, to using lights on your bikes at night, these tips below will have you covered so that you can fit right in next time you’re cruising around Bend.


#1 – SMILE AT STRANGERS

A funny thing happens to people in Bend. The corners of their mouths tug up and their eyes start sparkling like the Deschutes River on a sunny day. Give in to the urge to grin at random strangers. Not only will folks smile back, but they’ll take you for one of their own. When you’re in Bend, you pretty much are.


#2 – UPGRADE YOUR RIDE

Let someone else do the driving

Popular attractions can get crowded in Bend, but there’s an insider trick for avoiding the crunch. Catch the Mt. Bachelor Park & Ride shuttle for a chill ride to the mountain in the winter. When you’re out for that summertime river float, skip the multi-car-shuffle and snag a seat on the Ride the River shuttle. You’ll also find plenty of bike rentals and shops if you prefer to pedal your way around Bike Town USA.


#3 – FILL. SWILL. REFILL.

Give disposable the boot

They don’t call this the high desert for nothing; it’s easy to get parched here. But the goal with hydration is to fill your personal tank, not the landfill. Scrap the crappy plastic bottle and upgrade to a reusable receptacle. Bend is such a fan of refillable bottles we’ve grown great companies that make them in all shapes and sizes (even dog bowls!); Hydro FlaskDrinkTanks and Ruffwear to name a few. Grab your favorite and quench your every thirst…except your thirst for adventure! 


#4 – TAKE YOUR BLINKERS FOR A SPIN

Signal to exit roundabouts

Bend’s roundabouts take a little getting used to, but visitors and locals alike love how they keep traffic moving smoothly. Just go with the flow by waiting for a break in traffic before entering. When it’s time to exit, signal right and as you cruise on through you’ll look like a local …regardless of what your license plate says.


#5 – SHOW SOME TENDERNESS TO THE TRAILS

Happy trails to all

Bend locals know we’ve got some of the top trails on earth, and we want to keep them that way. Skidding on corners or blowing out berms is sooooo not cool when you’re mountain biking, and smart cyclists keep off muddy trails so ruts don’t form. If you’re out for a hike, keep your boots moving on marked trails. Not only does it help with erosion, but it ensures you won’t end up on the six-o-clock news for getting lost in the woods.


#6 – SHARE THE ADVENTURE

Let someone else fight for the parking

Whether you’re heading out to experience some of Bend’s award-winning breweries, distilleries, or wineries, there are better ways to explore than to drive yourself. There are no shortage of safe and knowledgeable tour operators who are here to make your experience just that much better. They’ll set you up in style in a cushy bus, a snazzy towncar, or even a horse-drawn carriage. If you’d prefer to hoof it, start from downtown Bend where more than two-thirds of the breweries are within walking distance.