Even in winter, Bend remains the ultimate outdoor playground

Slightly Exaggerated Winter

There’s more than one way to winter. In fact, there are dozens of them in Bend, Oregon.

Skiing and snowboarding are just the tip of the glittering iceberg in this epic winter wonderland. Try a twirl around the ice rink or a toasty bonfire beneath the stars after you’ve snowshoed your way to a magical amphitheater carved into a snowy hillside. From sledding to fat biking on powder-dusted trails, you can have your frosty cake and eat it, too.

Need a break from the great outdoors? Give your taste buds a workout on a culinary tour of Bend, with a few stops along the legendary Bend Ale Trail just for fun. Afterward, hit some art galleries or try an Art Safari tour to tick some boxes on your cultural checklist.

If the kiddos are along for the ride, blow their ever lovin’ minds with a raptor show at the High Desert Museum, followed by a hike up Pilot Butte so they can tell their friends they’ve hiked an extinct volcano. Grab a cup of cocoa and you’re off again for a brisk walk through Drake Park to watch the sun spill pink and gold across the Deschutes River as the sun goes down on your perfect winter day in Bend.

But don’t worry. There are plenty more where that came from.

Click below for some travel inspiration as you plan your winter vacation to Bend.

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