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 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!
Daytime Nature Photography Tour
Guided Photography Tours in Bend, Oregon and beyond.Want to capture the spectacular beauty of Oregon’s mountain and high desert landscape? Wanderlust Tours has partnered with one of Central Oregon's most talented landscape photographers to bring you the best Bend Oregon Nature Photography Tours. Join celebrated photographer Mike Putnam in venturing out to capture iconic images found only in Central Oregon. Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$125 - $350
Local Pour Craft Beverage Tour
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: Bend’s locally owned pour houses provide tantalizing tastes for the curious tongue! Did you know Bend is home to artisan distilleries, cideries, wineries, and kombucha breweries? Join us on a Local Pour adventure to try delectable samples and see behind-the-scenes at a local production facility— get the best of all taste-bud-arousing worlds in this immersive craft beverage tour!Libation Stops: Your professional guide will provide insights into the processes of distillation, fermentation, and the craft of libation production. Each Local Pour Tour is unique, visiting our partners at their availability. Your expert guides will provide personally tailored information about fermentation science.Three pour houses, with a behind-the-scenes look and light appetizers at one stop.
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination to explore the belly of a volcano in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this super engaging series of walks inside this massive volcano. Naturalist Guided Experience: At 6,300 feet, our journey will take us to a mountain of pumice and obsidian— black volcanic glass integral to human life! We may explore the shores of the sparkling Paulina Lake where Native Americans once called home. Our knowledgeable guides can introduce you to an old-growth hemlock forest where you’ll see decaying logs that possess more living mass than when the tree was alive and standing. Cool facts like this await illumination on our volcano trip. A combination of short, easy walks totaling just under 2 miles.Our Volcano Tour is the perfect outing for your corporate group or family reunion in Bend, Oregon because it caters to all ability levels! Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$70 - $95
Cascades Ring Of Fire Helicopter Tour
Fly with us to all the great locations around Bend and the Cascade Range. Tour highlights include Broken Top, Lava Lands State Park, Mt Bachelor, Tumalo Falls, The Old Mill and more! Year Round Tours and Adventures in Bend, Oregon Helicopter tours in Bend allow you to see more and go further. Our Cascades Ring of Fire Helicopter Tour is an unforgettable 80 mile scenic helicopter adventure for Bend visitors who want to experience as much of our magnificent snow-capped Cascade Range as possible. Paired with a complimentary wine tasting and bottle of wine after your flight, we have your day of exploring Bend covered.On this spectacular mountain helicopter tour you’ll soon be flying with us above the summits of Bend, with gorgeous views of snow-capped Cascade Mountains stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor. It’s scenic flying that will leave you with lasting memories. Fly Bend, Oregon’s Cascade RangeOur Cascades helicopter tours showcase the unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. In fact all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. You’ll be front and center in your own private helicopter to see the after effects of our last “big one” at Broken Top Mountain 100,000 years ago, revealing the colorful insides of our very own complex stratovolcano and high altitude glacial lake at 10,000 feet.While Broken Top Mt is our local volcanic star on this helicopter tour, two well known stratovolcanoes are Krakatoa, best known for its catastrophic eruption in 1883 and Vesuvius, famous for its destruction of the towns Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE.You’ll also fly in your own private helicopter over our local lakes and streams that feed into the mighty Columbia River flowing to the Pacific 300 miles away. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt St Helens to our north remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.The Helicopter TourOur Ring of Fire Helicopter Tours depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon the tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, The Old Mill and the Deschutes River as well as soaring volcanic peaks. The tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned green R44 helicopters with wraparound windows. These aircraft have been designed for sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications. Wine Tasting & Bottle of Wine Included We know you’re in Bend for a few days, so please enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine on us and a wine tasting at Va Piano Vineyard tasting room in The Old Mill. Walla Walla Washington (we love saying that) Va Piano Vineyards set up shop here in Bend at a lovely tasting room overlooking the Deschutes River. The perfect location to sample regional wines in Bend after a day of play. Our way of saying…welcome to Bend! Helicopter Tour Gift Certificates Corporate gift giving, holidays and birthdays means exciting gift certificates for Bend’s best scenic helicopter flights and tours through the stunning Cascade Range and beyond. Book your helicopter tour today and give the gift of exciting memories to those you love on this amazing year round helicopter tour. Guaranteed good weather flights. You’ll love getting up close to Mt. Bachelor and the Cascades. Breathtaking views on your own private helicopter are all yours to discover.
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
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
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
Full Day Walk-In Upper Deschutes River
Full Day Walk-In: Upper Deschutes River
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.