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Bend, Oregon, could pass as the prototypical outdoor lover's town—it's the springboard for Mount Bachelor, the Deschutes River, Smith Rock State Park, and a host of ski, hike, bike, and paddling adventures.  
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In addition to DIY adventuring, summers in Bend means sporting events, like the Pacific Crest Sports Festival Triathlon. When not filled with green-capped racers, the lake (just under an hour from Bend) is rumored to be the best place to fish for big browns.  
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The longest-running bike stage race in the States, the Cascade Cycle Classic is held in Bend every July, attracting the world's elite road cyclists as well as local stars. While the road race through the Cascade Range is unparalleled for vertical relief and dramatic scenery, it's the break-neck criterium through downtown that's the real crowd-pleaser.  
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The forests and lakes around Bend offer prime swimming and camping. The brisk water originates from the nearby mountains, but that doesn't stop avid dock jumpers like this one at Cultus Lake.  
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Less than 20 miles from Bend, Mount Bachelor boasts some of the best skiing in North America. In the summer, you can hike the cat tracks and trails, or simply take the chair lift to the top of the Pine Martin Lodge for lunch or dinner, where you can enjoy some of the state's world-renowned Pinot Noirs.  
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Smith Rock State Park, about a half-hour from Bend, draws climbers of all ages. Hiking paths wind under the cliffs for spectacular views of rocks, climbers, and the Crooked River. After a day in the park, stop at nearby Rockhard/Juniper Junction for wild huckleberry ice cream with berries from the Oregon Cascades.  
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Bend has loads music venues, from free open-air concerts to more intimate environs in cozy pubs, like the stage at the Silver Moon Brewing Co, where internationally renowned singer and songwriter Jessica Kilroy performed with other musicians on the Teton Songwriters Tour.  
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It's not uncommon to see snow on nearby Mount Bachelor late into the summer, but this isolated peak truly comes into form each winter. The resort boasts 71 trails spread across 3,683 acres, with an average of 370 inches of snow each year.  
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Not all activities need to happen within the bounds of a defined resort. Nordic skiers can find easy access and gentle trails at Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument, just south of Bend. With miles of ski and snowmobile trails, the summit of the monument at 8,000 feet has panoramic views of the Oregon Cascades and High Desert  
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