Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Central Oregon’s desert plateaus, the quaint, former lumber town offers myriad ways to play outside year-round along with a dizzying array of craft breweries. Whether you visit Bend to explore the hiking trails or the ale trail, be forewarned, many who visit return, often for good.
A sanctuary for nature lovers and a beacon for the microbrew scene, Bend proves that good things really do come in small packages.
Hit the Trails
You don’t have to plan a day trip to get in a good hike. The Deschutes River Trail is easy to hop on from almost anywhere in the city, making it one of the most popular spots to run, walk, and bike. The path runs along both sides of the Deschutes River from Meadow Camp to Benham Falls, ranging from paved areas in town to single track dirt paths through the forest. The full loop (over eight miles) can be easily shortened by taking one of the many bridges that cross the river, a life force that flows through the city.
Another hike that offers a quick reward for your efforts is Tumalo Falls (Tumalo Falls Rd.), where a majestic view of the 100-foot falls is just a few steps from the parking lot. Continue your waterfall hunt on the North Fork Trail toward Happy Valley. Show some love to your feet with a quick dip in the gurgling springs you meet along the way.
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