Here in Central Oregon, your idea of adventure is limited only by your imagination. No matter the season, you’re bound to find several weekends’ worth of fun around our rich region.
Planning a winter getaway? Take the family ice skating in Sunriver, sip your way through Central Oregon’s famous craft breweries, or ski and snowboard the slopes of Mount Bachelor—the sixth-largest ski resort in North America.
Plan your adventure to Central Oregon.
Bend Brew Bus
Let us take you behind the scenes to witness Bend’s brewing and artisan distilling cultures. Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier provider of craft beverage tours in the Bend, Oregon area! Tasting, enjoying friends, comfort and safety are what you can expect on this trail of sipping adventure. Naturalist Guided Experience: With 20+ local craft breweries, Bend is a Beer Mecca! Join Wanderlust Tours on an epicurean expedition that offers tasty samples and insight into the process of beer making. Your expert beer guides will provide personally tailored information about fermentation science.Breweries: Tour three breweries, with a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process with light appetizers at one stop. Each Bend Brew Bus tour is unique, visiting different locally partnered breweries in the area.If you like what you're seeing but want a little more variety, we recommend The Local Pour, where you can sample an array of Bend’s best craft beverages: spirits, ciders, specialty cocktails, and more!Our Common Goal of Environmental Care: We live, visit and play in Bend because of its physical beauty. Wanderlust Tours donates for every person who participates on this tour to Pledge for the Wild. These funds help support the interconnected habitat for all who rely on it.
Besides comfort, the Day Dock provides some privacy for you and your group. It is your own private "beach." Includes BBQ, tables and chairs for 32, umbrellas, changing rooms, day bed, and an upper deck with a stellar view. Dogs are allowed! The Day Dock stays tied to the shore for easy access to bathroom facilities at the resort. There's a ladder on the swim dock and plenty of cleats to tie up your water toys, boats, and kayaks.
$300 - $400
Bend City and Lava Lands Helicopter Tour
We’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.Year Round Tours and Adventures in Bend, OregonWith stunning snow-capped Cascade Mountain views to our left and right our helicopter pilots will take you and your friends on a 40 mile scenic helicopter tour of Bend, Oregon “Beertown USA.” You’ll be thrilled by the iconic stacks of Bend’s Old Mill District, our all new Deschutes River Water Park, summer concerts and other exciting sights from the air. On this scenic helicopter tour you’ll fly to our local lava flows at Lava Lands State Park a National Volcanic Monument where you’ll experience scenic views of over one million acres of pristine wild lands. This helicopter flight and scenic tour offers exciting flight options for sunset flights, sunrise tours, winter tours, and summer tours. You can also personalize this helicopter tour to suit your timeframe and needs.Bend, Oregon Lava Land Tours Lost in TimeOver the past 300,000 years massive volcanic eruptions have left many volcanic scars outside of Bend. You may have visited Lava Lands on a local tour and walked through the ancient flows but seeing their sheer size from the air offers a unique look into the awesome power of Mother Nature. Experience lava flows on our helicopter tours that have been frozen for all time just as they happened, devoid of life for thousands of years.The Helicopter TourWe’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.Helicopter Tour Gift CertificatesCorporate gift giving, holidays and birthdays means exciting Gift Certificates for Bend’s best scenic flights and tours through the stunning Cascade Range and beyond. Book today and give the gift of exciting memories to those you love on this amazing fall/winter tour. Guaranteed good weather flights. You’ll love getting up close to The Old Mill and the Lava Lands State Park. Breathtaking views are all yours to discover. Book Today!
Experience the peace and serenity of Elk Lake While gliding on top of the water on a paddleboard. Paddle boards can be rented in 2 hour increments and can be picked up at the Elk Lake Marina. Reserver your stand up paddle board rental.
$40 - $160
Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight
THE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE You're invited to join us for an unforgettable experience! Big Sky Balloon Co. is the premier balloon ride operator in Central Oregon. Our hot air balloon flights float you gently over one of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, encompassing high desert terrain of juniper and sage, volcanic rim rock, deep river canyons, and rural farmland. It all begins at our launch site next to Smith Rock State Park, whereupon take-off you will gently rise up and over one of the most photographed land features in the entire Northwest. As we ascend you will take in the breathtaking panorama of the Central Cascade Mountains which include views of at least nine peaks on a clear day. Also keep an eye out for wildlife and many different birds of prey including Brown and Bald Eagles, Red-Tail Hawks, and Great Horned Owls just to name a few. Ballooning is a real hands-on experience and we welcome you to help with the inflation and deflation of the balloon if you like. After a short safety briefing from your pilot, the inflation begins and you'll watch as this "gentle giant" comes to life. About 15 minutes later the balloon will be upright and ready for lift-off. Following the flight, we'll shuttle you back to the launch site to enjoy a traditional sparkling cider toast. Total time about three hours.DETAILSWe operate flights from Smith Rock Ranch in Terrebonne OR, about a 30-minute drive north of Bend. When preparing for your flight with us remember to dress warmly and in layers. Early mornings are always cool in the high desert, but it warms up quickly and you'll want to adjust accordingly. Temperatures in flight are actually much warmer than on the ground. A hat and comfortable shoes or boots are recommended, no open-toed shoes or sport sandals. We conduct one flight a day early in the morning when wind conditions are calm and the air is stable. Safety is our top priority, flights are conducted only when the weather and wind conditions are favorable. Departure times vary from 6 AM-8 AM depending on the time of year. You will check in the night before your scheduled flight to confirm the meeting time, we typically like to be in the air within 1 hour of sunrise.Flight time is approximately one hour with the entire experience taking about three hours. We can carry up to six passengers per flight, the cost is $250/person for 2 and $225/person when booking 4 or more. Please inquire about private charters. All passengers must sign the Flight Waiver prior to their scheduled flight.
$225 - $250
Night Photography Tour
Since Bend is located in such an amazing spot with hardly any ambient light, it lends itself to some awesome night photography. Whether it's the milky way, star trails, light writing, or the moon... we can target your tour to your specific night photo goals.Private Tour capped at 2 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.Tour Price: $325 up to 2 people
Brews & Views Paddling Tour
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for paddling tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range or along a sweet reach of the Deschutes River. Naturalist Guided Experience: Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes or the river that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and sun, you’ll come to know our local beer scene through the sense of taste! You may also learn about the indigenous people who called Bend home and how they used the mountains and lakes for their livelihoods over 1000’s of years. Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour. Location: Fall in Central Oregon brings us beautiful colors and crisp cool air. Along with these beautiful natural elements comes the uncertainty of conditions. Our guides will determine our paddling location (river or lake) on the day-of the tour that will best suite conditions, comfort and accessibility. This time of year we kayak on Deschutes River and Canoe Cascade Lakes.Deschutes River: The stretches of the Deschutes River we kayak are devoid of rapids, and provide a peaceful paddling experience for all ability levels.Cascade Lakes: You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. With sweeping views of our local mountains, our Bend, Oregon canoe tours have it all!Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$70 - $100
Cascade Lakes Boat Trip
Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range just west of Bend are over 10 quality stillwater fisheries. Couple these unique fly fishing lakes with the nearby streams, creeks, and rivers, and you get a fly fishers dream. Located a short drive from downtown Bend, these lakes range from modest to grand in size. One aspect they all share is beauty. When you visit one of these fly fishing treasures, youll agree.A fly fishing trip to one of the Cascade Lakes is best suited for anglers looking for relatively low impact and highly productive outings. If you are interested in a positive first fishing experience with your son, daughter, or non-angling spouse, consider a trip to East Lake or Lava Lake. During the peak of the season on either lake, we can practically guarantee they catch some fish. Your guide will meet you at the designated location at a predetermined time. Packed with everything you'll need for a successful day of fishing, you will travel with your guide to the lake of choice. A full day trip will span 8 hours for fishing, and includes a lake-side BBQ lunch.
$400 - $525
A unique, 1 hr floating, fusion workout combined with deep stretching. Group games and fun time on the JDSUP floating class barge as well as guided floating meditation. After class, you can paddle on the only paddleboard in the world that connects your board with your friends board so you can explore a bit of Elk Lake together! This is a Group Paddle class that can take up to a total of 6 participants at one time. Each participant will have a board between them and the next participant so that everyone can feel safe about social distancing. The tour boards connect together and the instructors, Shondra or JD, will guide the connected group of boards to a designated area in the lake for group meditation, fun workout, and stretch and mobility activities.
Visiting the Best Vacation
Spots in Oregon
Truth is, there’s no single “best” vacation spot in Central Oregon.
Your next favorite trip may take you to any of our thriving cities in Central Oregon,
each offering a stay to suit your style and taste. We might be biased, but here’s our
rundown of the best vacation spots in Central Oregon:
Where is Central Oregon?
We’re characterized by mountainous wonders—like Mount Bachelor, Oregon’s largest ski resort,
and the snowy summits of the Three Sisters—and legendary landforms, like Smith Rock State Park, where rock climbers test their mettle all year long.
Explore Nature’s Beauty
From the sagebrush-covered plains of the high desert to the towering pines and majestic mountain peaks, discover the diverse landscape Central Oregon has to offer.