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Bend, Oregon

The largest city in Central Oregon, Bend is an outdoor lover’s paradise where you can pursue almost any outdoor activity you could dream of.

FlipKey has over 150 vacation rentals in Bend to choose from, so if you’re planning a trip here, you’re sure to find the perfect property to suit your needs and budget. 

About Bend, Oregon

Once known only by Native Americans, it wasn’t until 1824 that Bend was discovered by a fur trapping party. Bend became a logging town in the 1900s, and today it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing – and almost any other outdoor pursuit you can think of.

The days here are hot and sunny, but temperatures can drop dramatically at night. This is even true in the summer months, so make sure you pack a sweater and jacket for your trip. Weather can be unpredictable, with hard frost not unheard of in the summer!

Bend has been dubbed ‘Beer Town USA’, thanks to the surprising number of breweries in the town. You simply must try the local dark brews. Mexican food here is also excellent, and you’ll find restaurants and cafes serving cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets.

What to do in Bend, Oregon

Come to Bend in the winter months and head for Mt Bachelor Ski Resort for skiing and snowboarding – the mountains get an average of 30ft of snow a year and kids ski for free! You can also enjoy a dog sled ride, rent a snowmobile or take a guided snowshoe tour.

In the summer months, hike the Oregon Desert Trail up to Horse Ridge for stunning views, explore Smith Rock State Park or discover the miles of lava tubes and caves running beneath the ground. It’s a region with fascinating geology and scenery to admire.

If you want to take to the water, you can go fishing for brown and rainbow trout in the Deschutes River, or try canoeing and kayaking at Sparks Lake or Elk Lake.

Bend has its fair share of shops too, with the Redmond Antique District great for vintage finds and The Old Mill District entertainment and shopping complex home to all your favorite brands.

Top travel tips for Ben, Oregon

The best way to get around is by bike as Bend has a network of bike lanes and paths. The bus service here is infrequent, taxis are hard to find and finding a parking spot during the day can be a challenge—bearing all that in mind, it’s best to explore downtown on foot!

The main airport is Redmond Airport-Roberts Field, a 15-minute drive from Bend. There are several shuttles available servicing the town, so getting from the airport to your rental is pretty easy. 

Mt Bachelor opens for winter activities from Thanksgiving weekend until mid-May and for summer activities from the start of July – it’s around 25 minutes’ drive from Bend.

Whether the snow is falling or the sun is shining, Bend is the ideal destination for an active vacation. FlipKey’s range of condos, log cabins and apartments in Bend means you’re sure to find the ideal property for your trip. Start searching today and find the perfect place to suit your style and budget.