"BEND - ADRENALIN CENTER FOR OREGON" Top 5 Page for this destination Bend by mtncorg

Bend Travel Guide: 82 reviews and 140 photos

Bend has changed immensely in the last two decades. Over 80000 call Bend 'home' today. The city got its start as a small townsite on a railway in the the early years of the 20th Century. Its pleasant site along the Deschutes River and proximity to grand outdoor activities, especially the World Class skiing found at nearby Mt Bachelor, has led many to fall in love with the area, either to retire, live or have a second home here. The small downtown, along with areas immediately south and west of the middle core and the gorgeous riverside Drake Park - named for the City's founder and not for the many male ducks seen swimming in the river along the Park banks - provide glimpses at an earlier Bend. Real estate and house building seems to be the number one industry as subdivisions morph and swell the city. Though downtown remains the hub for restaurants and shops, other developments have arisen to vie for attention in the Old Mill area south of downtown and small mall projects to the east along US 97. The number two industry - which directly leads to the number one - is tourism. Countless hotels, motels, vacation home rentals, restaurants, outdoor and ski shops all are found here. Even with a large number of hotel rooms, the city fills up on summer and winter weekends. The atmosphere is young here with so much to do outside. Nothing like skiing on Mt Bachelor; climbing one of the Three Sisters; fishing on the Deschutes; hiking in the Lava Beds or horseback riding over in Tumalo finished off with a cold beer from one of the local several microbreweries!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Close to Outdoor Wonders; Quaint downtown
  • Cons:Mushrooming growth could sap some of the Appeal
  • In a nutshell:Pole, Pedal, Paddle
  • Intro Updated Mar 18, 2010
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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I went to Bend last month and just fell for the place. Maybe one day I'll return and stay longer. It was absolutely delightful :-)

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Dec 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Haha , the goggles are handmade by a French guy, brass and leather, style "steampunk". Wear them in my classic car, but not on the open road, bit hard to see properly :-)

    • mtncorg's Profile Photo
      Dec 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Steampunk, but also giving you the ability to to an eye exam if you have a trial lens set ;) Glasses like that are what are used in many parts of the World to figure out prescriptions ... maybe minus the brass and leather ;-]

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Heading to this area for an adrenaline fix and LOVED the vivid virtual climb up South Sister! I just posted on the forum but your page answered a lot of my questions. Thanks for the tips Mark! (and that mountain corgi is definitely REGAL!)

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Just dropping by for a tasty brew, Mark. Lots of great scenery on the Colombia trip and one pretty decent beer but in general, it was the land of the cheap and bland. Moving to Munich in three weeks. Should fare better there!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2008 at 4:33 AM

    This great page brings back so many memories of our trip through Oregon.

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2005 at 5:48 AM

    This was my favorite city when traveling through Oregon. I did get to travel the Cascade Highwy but only had time to stop at some of the ski areas and lakes. This is a possible stop for us traveling in a springtime with the 5th wheel.

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2004 at 3:28 PM

    Nope, I would first demand to see you jump, then if you survive, I'd buy you a drink and a bunch of flowers to bloom by your hospital bed. I might even bring you some Bajadera chocolates!

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2004 at 1:06 AM

    Remember reading in a US Ski mag some years back how Bend was 1 of the top5 most liveable towns so now wonder it's now getting a bit large. Gr8 tips & superb photos Mark. That teadrop lake 1is special.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2004 at 10:45 AM

    My husband always talks about Dechuttes Black butte Porter with love and nostalgia... now I know where it comes from!!

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2004 at 2:20 PM

    We plan a day and night in Bend next week on our long anticipated but much too short trip to Oregon. Thanks for the helpful tips.

  • butterfly_girl's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2004 at 1:13 PM

    Wow, great tips on Bend. I remember a lot of those places...thanks for taking me back.

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