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If your idea of vacation is plunging down white water rapids, descending into cavernous lava tubes or rolling over whoop-dee-doos on a mountain bike, then Bend, Oregon is the ideal destination for your next adventure.
Begin by exploring all that is offered by our local and award-winning geo-tourism outfitter, Wanderlust Tours. In the winter, snowshoe trips are one of their most popular excursions suited for all ability levels. Explore the wilderness areas surrounding Mt. Bachelor with an experienced naturalist guide during the day, or take one of Wanderlust’s unforgettable moonlight or starlight tours at night. In the summertime, Wanderlust Tours offers canoe and kayak trips on the Cascade Lakes as well as signature trips like the “Brews and Views” tour featuring locally crafted brews by Cascade Lakes Brewing Company or their Local Pour Tour, highlighting local cideries, distilleries, and wineries. The Urban GPS Eco-Challenge Tour in the Old Mill District is offered year-round and incorporates team building and geocaching into one fun-filled historical and ecological tour.
If mountain biking Bend’s endless single track is more your speed, check out Cog Wild Bicycle Tours, and let professional guides lead you to the best spots in Bend. Cog Wild Bicycle Tours provides bike rentals and gear and will even pick you up at your Bend hotel or Bend vacation rental. Favorite trips include the Bachelor to Bend ride (mostly down hill!) and the Cascade Mountains loop with plenty of opportunities for high lakes swimming.
Getting wet in Bend is a must. Have you ever dreamed of embarking on a multi-day rafting adventure? Ouzel Outfitters leads exhilarating excursions on the Deschutes, North Umpqua, Rogue, Salmon, McKenzie, Owyhee, and the John Day Rivers for the perfect family trip or a week-long whitewater getaway with the guys (or gals!). Imagine pulling up to a sandy beach after a fun-filled day of splashing through the rapids. Your guides will prepare dinner as you take in the dramatic scenery of canyons and mountains, and your sleep is sure to be sound underneath a blanket of summer stars. For those looking for shorter whitewater rafting trips closer to Bend, consider Sun Country Tours’ Big Eddy Thriller. Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) has taken Bend by storm with plenty of tours and guided paddling lessons on the Deschutes River and on the numerous Cascade Mountain lakes nearby. Join Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe for guided lessons, and even special full moon SUP tours. And, Tumalo Creek also offers full and half-day tours of the Upper Deschutes and Elk Lake. Take your pick of a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard and enjoy the serenity of a pristine section of river or high alpine lake.
The Bend Tour Company offers a number of intriguing activity-based tours around Bend. Hop in our electric cruisers, Segways, or electric bikes from Bend Electric Bikes. John from the Bend Tour Company will tailor a tour to meet your interests, whether you are looking to explore Bend’s history or get to know more about Bend’s round-a-bout art. The Bend Tour Company also offers an official Bend Ale Trail tour of Bend’s finest craft-breweries along with disc golf/dinner nights. Wherever your interests might lie, Bend is the perfect vacation spot for those looking to actively engage with their surroundings.
Want to feel the wind in your hair without putting out the effort? Check out a Segway tour from the Bend Tour Company. With tour options checking out local art exhibits, to brew tours and city tours, the guys at Bend Tour Company will make sure that you will leave your tour already planning your next one.
If motorized tours are more your speed, try an outing with Bend Jeep Tours for an off-road experience you won’t forget. For an even wilder trip, book with Outriders Northwest for the ultimate all-terrain adventure.
The Deschutes Historical Museum offers a guided Heritage Walk of downtown Bend. The hour-long walks are generally held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and
highlight the prominent historical buildings, events, and people involved with downtown Bend’s heritage sites. Tours are included with museum admission and children ages 12 and under are free. Look for the annual Haunted Walking Tour of downtown Bend every Halloween.
If snapping pictures while walking is more your style, plan a Photo Tour with Cascade Center of Photography. You’ll have a local professional photographer guide you to the photogenic spots in and around Bend. Reservations need to be made in advance.