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Things to do in Bend and Central Oregon

Let's see...there are lots of things to do in Bend Oregon. When it comes to outdoor recreation, Bend Oregon is the place to be. There's golf and skiing - 25 area golf courses and Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo Ski Bowl. But you knew that. How about live theatre, cinemas, museums, art galleries and art walk, Sisters Quilt Show, Sisters Rodeo, Deschutes County Fair, arts and crafts fairs at Bend and Sisters, Cascade Festival of Music, Bend Munch and Music Series, Crooked River Dinner Train, to name a few.

The list of things to do in Bend and Central Oregon and the outdoor activities available is practically endless. After hiking or fishing or rafting or horseback riding or mountain biking, or golfing or whatever, you may want to catch your breath and check out the shopping. Sisters and Bend Oregon have wonderful boutique shops with such local draws as downtown Bend Oregon, the Bend Oregon factory outlet stores and the Old Mill District. Even Redmond has gotten into the act. All three towns have unique art galleries and unusual shops included in things to do.

If you are into planning ahead, there are several tour operators in the area offering everything from fly fishing trips to guided raft trips. The Big Eddy run on the Deschutes River features some class 4 rapids - plan on getting wet. You might want to check out One Red Shoe Tours .

Volcanic & Geologic Past - things to do

Just south of Bend Oregon and created by explosive eruptions during the last half million years, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a 55,500 acre reserve, is really a giant caldera featuring Paulina and East Lakes, the Big Obsidian Flow covering 700 acres and lots of cinder cones, caves, waterfalls, you name it. Other things to do include hiking trails such as Peter Skene Ogden Trail with many waterfalls. Yes, there are some natural hot springs within the caldera. Located 10 miles south of Bend Oregon.

Add this to your list of things to do in Bend. Other lava land stops: The High Desert Museum off Hwy 97. Lava Butte for views of the Cascade Range and lava flows. Lava River Cave, an uncollapsed lava tube, that is maybe the biggest around with 100 ft high ceilings.

Rodeos, Fairs, Shows, Dinner Train - things to do

July is rodeo time at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond. The Annual Bend Oregon Summer Festival features live music, food and beverages, arts and crafts and should be on your list of things to do in Bend. The first Friday of every month area art galleries host the First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Bend Oregon. Also in Bend during August, the Cascade Festival of Music is held at Drake Park. There's Bite of Bend at the Old Mill District in June serving up a good variety of food and beverages.

All aboard the Crooked River Dinner Train, a 3 hour and 4 course meal with lots of rimrock scenery. In between courses, the staff serve up a western murder mystery (acted of course) along the 38 mile trip. Kids love it - even the grownup ones. After a short period of business suspension, the Crooked River Dinner Train is running again. Update, the dinner train is now running again. Hopefully it will stay in operation. Oh, it is located just north of Redmond near Cinder Butte.

During winter, Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond Oregon hosts things to do like the Star Fest Christmas Display, a mile long display of lighted features. Also in winter, there are various area things to do including the Holiday Festival and Art Show at the High Desert Museum, moonlight snowshoe trips, the Hoodoo Winter Carnival and other winter fun.

Sisters Oregon - things to do

Billed as "The Largest Outdoor Quilt Show in America", the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is the second Saturday in July. Early in June is the Sisters Rodeo billed as "The Biggest LIttle Show in the World".

Smith Rock State Park - Rock Climbing and Nature Walks - things to do

There's world class rock climbing at Smith Rock. Many climbers from the US and Canada stay at Birdie 18 Guesthouses in the spring. With over 1,400 climbing routes, there's more than enough to hold your interest and other things to do other than climbing. Climbing schools and private lessons are available but reserve ahead. For a less extreme adventure, there are hiking trails along the river or you can spend a half day making a loop of the area.

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