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Central Oregon’s Best Day Trips from Bend

McKenzie Pass

Bend gets a lot of attention, and rightfully so — it’s a destination of dreams. Under perpetually sunny skies, endless outdoor adventure is only topped by hip craft breweries, action-packed events, and fit, friendly people ever-willing to demonstrate how-to-Bend. But the places and experiences that make Bend so amazing extend beyond city limits — way beyond. There are few better jumping-off points for day trips to lesser-known places. Bend is also the perfect place to begin multiday getaways to some of Oregon’s least crowded and absolutely incredible sights. Our friends over at Travel Oregon have compiled a few road-trip ideas to get you going.

Check it out here.

If You Go: Many natural sites in Oregon require permits; some attractions may also close seasonally, so it’s essential that you check before setting out — especially in late fall and winter. No matter when you go, it’s a wise idea to review your intended route on TripCheck.com before you hit the road; this handy service will alert you to the most up-to-date travel information. Additionally, wildfires don’t often cause major travel disruptions, but it’s good to know how they may impact your trip; find answers to frequently asked questions here. Keep in mind that you can help prevent human-caused wildfires, and always follow these leave-no-trace tips to minimize the impact of your visit.

Central Oregon Visitors Association
Central Oregon Visitors Association
The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) is the "Official" Tourism Information Resource for Central Oregon, including the communities of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, Culver and Black Butte Ranch. Most of the stories posted online can be found in the Official Central Oregon Visitors Guide.