(Drake Park in the Winter)

The Cascade Bike Race in Downtown Bend, OR (Nathan Borchelt)

The Seschutes Brewery in Bend, OR (Nathan Borchelt)

Docked row boats used for lake fishing Bend (Lifesize)

Cascade Mountain Range Bend (iStockphoto)

Frozen Misty Morning Bend (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Bend

If any place in the country suffers a true embarrassment of riches, it’s Bend, Oregon. Positioned in the high-desert central region of the state, the town in surrounded by a 45-minute radius full of all variety of outdoor distraction, including mountain biking on sinewy (but not too extreme) singletrack, skiing and riding at Mount Bachelor (one of Oregon’s highest-rated resorts), rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park (a longtime mecca with more than 1,000 established routes), paddling on one of the dozens of alpine lakes, floating in the Deschutes River, or hiking, camping, and backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness. And that’s just for starters. In town, weekly festivals offer a brush of culture, and the scenic downtown and nearby Drake Park make the hours disappear. But beer qualifies as the latest draw. Bend boasts more than a dozen award-winning breweries, a number that should strain the limits of the city’s modest population. But with more slated to open, beer is the latest magnet for visitors. Expect to suffer from a blissful sense of paralyses—so many options!—when you approach the city limits.

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Pete rates Bend
We went to Bend in July and it was amazing. The weather was in the 70s with no humidity. We went on a hike (Green Lake, I believe) and ran into A LOT of snow. Take some bug spray if you go on a hike. Highly recommend renting a raft, tube, or paddle board and floating down the river. There's also an Orvis fly fishing coarse that looked like fun. We stayed at the River House. It was a nice hotel and not too expensive. Free breakfast next to the river was a great way to start the day.
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