Sunriver, Oregon – Putting the “Unforgettable” in Your Family Vacation

The premier vacation destination in the Pacific Northwest

When it comes to “family friendly” vacation destinations you have a couple options. You could fork out a few hundred bucks to wait in line all day at one of those amusement parks for a few fleeting moments of gleeful screams from your kids.

Or, you can visit Sunriver for a true family experience, creating moments and memories that will live well beyond when the trip comes to a complete stop.

Sunriver Resort is home to 63 holes of world-class golf including the famed Crosswater Club, a Golf Digest Top 100 course. Additional summer activities include cruiser bike rides on the 30 miles of paved trails, a horseback ride with the folks at Sunriver Stables, rafting or canoeing down the Deschutes River, and enjoying locally made ice cream at Goody’s at the Village at Sunriver. Mom can hit the Sage Springs Spa while dad takes the kids to the Meadows Course 9-hole putting course. (Every mom needs a break from the kids now and then.)

Enjoy the epitome of farm-to-table fine dining at Sunriver’s new restaurants, Carson’s American Kitchen and the Twisted River Tavern. Or just sit by the fire and have a drink at The Living Room, which looks out over the idyllic meadows below.

The Sunriver Nature Center gives kids a birds-eye look at live owls, raptors and other wildlife in addition to an easy and interpretive nature walk through old growth trees whose history extends skyward. History is on full display just a few miles north of Sunriver at the Lava Lands Visitors Center. From the top you can look out over a sea of volcanic lava rocks frozen in time after Lava Butte erupted more than 7,000 years ago.

The Trail of Molten Lands winds through the eruption aftermath, giving you the chance to walk on the same surface astronauts walked upon when training for the moon landing in the 1960s.

You can get a glimpse of the moon like you’ve never seen it before at the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver. The retractable roof allows you to gaze into deep space through one of a dozen telescopes while astronomers on staff explain the skies.

When it gets cold, families can get snuggly with blankets and hot cocoa during a horse drawn sled ride through the snowy resort. Take in the sweet sights of Gingerbread Junction during the month-long celebration known as Traditions. Get silly together ice skating or building a snowman. Or take the short drive up to Mt. Bachelor, the 5th largest ski area in the U.S.

A writer for the Chicago Tribune called Sunriver a “mix of an outdoorsy Disney World, national park and summer camp.”

We call it perfect.