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Things to do in Bend, Oregon

Bend is Brimming with Excitement

Navigate the high desert and marvel at the Cascades as you explore the never-ending list of things to do in Bend, Oregon. From hiking to rock climbing to the Bend, Oregon Ale Trail, there are plenty of activities near Red Lion Inn & Suites Bend.

For outdoor adventure, ancient lava flows created incredible formations for hiking and rock climbing. Even the biggest thrill seekers will find excitement in Bend as they navigate the rough waters on a whitewater rafting trip.


Test your hand at whitewater rafting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding or simply enjoy a leisurely hike or walk through the beautiful terrain of the local Deschutes River

This hot spot for seasonal adventure sports is a 66-mile loop that winds along the shores of 11 alpine lakes. Spring and summer is the perfect time for canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, and hiking. 

Local mountains are a great destination for snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, tubing, and sledding. You can also board the chairlift in the summer to enjoy beautiful views from the mountaintop restaurant.

One of Oregon's most popular rock climbing spot also features excellent opportunities for fishing and hiking. Don't forget to check out "Monkey Face," a 350 foot tall natural sculpture.

Head to this local hot spot where you'll find excellent space to sunbathe, enjoy water sports and natural scenery. Rent a boat for the day and hit the lake or enjoy the restaurant and marina along the lake.

Plan your pub crawl and sample a taste of Bend's world-class craft brews. The Bend Ale Trail is the largest beer trail in the west featuring 14 craft breweries all within walking distance of one another. Get a beer passport and have it stamped at 14 locations to earn your commemorative Bend beer cup.

Designated on November 5, 1990, to protect the area around the Newberry Volcano in the United States.[2] It was created within the boundaries of the Deschutes National Forest and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. It includes 50,000 acres (20,000 ha) of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon.

Just a 30-minute drive from Bend you'll find a beautiful winery tucked between Smith Rock and the Cascade Mountains.

Indoor and outdoor exhibits are intertwined with animal habitats and exciting nature trails that detail the region's rich history. Be sure to stop by "Lizards and Creepers," where kids can touch a tortoise and learn about its habits.


Home to unique boutiques and vintage shops, you'll find clothes, souvenirs, and furnishings among other local charms.

Located along the beautiful Deschutes River with views of the Cascades, this outdoor shopping center features upscale shops and restaurants. The area also provides easy access to a walking trail with scenic views along the river.