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Self Guided Tours Around Bend, Oregon
You made it to Bend. Your friends, family, and favorite travel blogs all say it’s a must-visit. And you know what, they’re right! Now that you’re here, what’s on your agenda? Sampling some of the world’s best beer or perhaps taking in the vibrant art culture around town?
Whether you want to go big and see it all, learn some local history, or cherry-pick, a self-guided tour of Bend, Oregon, is the perfect way to experience the sites, flavors, and culture at your own flexible pace. But with some helpful insider knowledge.
Ready to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the days of yore before breweries, food carts, and Airbnb? Ditch the car and enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Bend. Start your journey at the A href=’/arts-museums-history/deschutes-historical-museum/’>Deschutes Historical Museum, originally The Reid School building, where you’ll stroll through the halls of history. Download the Historic Deschutes App for exploration at your own pace.
Or, how about discovering our extraordinary collection of public art pieces on display throughout the city, including those that make up the Roundabout Art Route. While designed to keep traffic flowing, many Bend traffic circles also showcase unique artwork representing the area’s culture, heritage, and natural beauty. Stop by the Bend Visitor Center for a map and start exploring by bike, foot, or car this quirky and creative self-guided tour.
If all this exploring has you feeling a little parched, indulge in a hop-filled self-guided tour with the Bend Ale Trail. With over 30 breweries in seven different territories, you can sample a little or a lot of the award-winning craft beers made right here in Central Oregon. Stop by the Bend Visitor Center for a $5 keepsake passport, or download the app and start collecting stamps and prizes while indulging in intoxicating goodness. If beer isn’t your thing, Drinkable Diversions offer ciders, wines, distilleries, and Kombucha (and you can also get a prize).
And don’t forget to save room for an enticing meal or three full of local flavors and ingredients on The High Desert Food Trail. This self-guided culinary and agricultural tour features 45 unique stops throughout Central Oregon, serving up delicious foods, spectacular views, and unforgettable experiences. From ranches to farmers markets to Bend restaurants, explore our agricultural roots and businesses that provide key quality ingredients to our local tables and economy.