Despite its reputation as a ski haven, Central Oregon is a year-round vacation destination with plenty of things to do in every season. With a beautiful mountain backdrop, a surprisingly large food culture and hospitable locals, this is a great place to escape on a family vacation or romantic getaway. For the best restaurants and shops in the area, head to Minnesota Avenue and Bond Street, two of the biggest streets in Bend.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Central Oregon:
- Mount Bachelor: This is known among locals as the best mountain for skiing and snowboarding in the area.
-Go mountain biking: Hundreds of miles of trails are available to explore the beautiful outdoor scenery.
-High Desert Museum: This museum is a great way to learn about the animals and habitat that surround the area.
-Smith Rock State Park: This park has over 1,400 climbing routes to choose from, and the park and campground are open year-round.
-Les Schwab Amphitheater: There are plenty of weekend concerts to choose from and huge international artists often perform during the summer months.
-Newberry National Volcanic Monument: Watch lava flow in the lava caves or go fishing in the ice caves.
No matter when you decide to visit the area, this year-round vacation destination has plenty of activities and events to keep you entertained. Some of the main one's include the Annual CrabFest in January, Bend Winterfest in February, and the Deschutes Brewery Sagebrush Classic in July.
Whether you're looking for a spacious home with luxury amenities and steps from great dining and shopping, or a rustic cabin in the wilderness, there's a vacation rental available to help you get the most out of your time in Central Oregon.
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