Travelers find recreation hub well worth tripIf the amazing landscapes and year-round beauty of Bend, Oregon aren't enough to hook you, just try a vacation or getaway to this unique Northwest city and you'll likely add it to your all-time favorites.
It's just special enough that Northwest residents from Northern California to Washington state don't mind spending a couple extra hours in the car getting to a location that has so much to offer.
It's a year-around mecca for travelers -- especially for those active types who ski Mt. Bachelor in the winter and raft the Deschutes River in the warmer months. It's about a six-hour drive from Seattle and a reasonable long weekend drive for anyone living in Washington.
Seemingly always present are the snow-capped peaks that punctuate the high-desert skyline. The area has great summer weather with sun-drenched days and cool nights. Even winter is sunny -- yet still cold enough to offer any snow activity that you desire.
Hiking, mountain biking, golf and all sorts of water activities abound in the summer. In winter everything revolves around the world-class skiing at Mt. Bachelor.
And there is a great tourism infrastructure in Bend -- lots of cool restaurants, great motels and lodges plus such attractions as the High Desert Museum with its incredible landscapes and exhibits that are sure to please the entire family.
There is also quite a calendar of events in Bend, so be sure and consult the city's website to plan your trip around your favorite sorts of activities.
Mt. BachelorNearby Mt. Bachelor is a centerpiece for this part of Oregon and has been a favorite destination for Northwest skiers for decades. It's a spectacular mountain that overlooks nearly all of Central Oregon and the skiing is some of the best the Northwest has to offer. Mt. Bachelor is actually a dormant volcano that was first formed between 11,000 and 15,000 years ago.
The region boasts 462 inches of annual snowfall on Mount Bachelor, and the snow here is generally light and fluffy, perfect for learning to ski or for carving S turns.
Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort offers over 4,300 acres of terrain, 3,365 feet of vertical drop and almost 100 runs ranging from double black diamonds to easy green runs for first-timers.
And it has one of the fastest high-speed lift systems in the West. It's no wonder that skiers flock to Mt. Bachelor either by car or via Horizon Airlines and their frequent flights from Seattle and other cities.
Family destinationWhether you're skiing Mt. Bachelor in winter, or shooting the rapids of the Deschutes River in summer, you'll also find many fun places to explore right in the city of Bend. It's ideal for a family vacation. To begin with, there is a wide assortment of lodgings available. They run the gamut from bed-and-breakfast inns to resort lodges with everything in between. Restaurants and tourist attractions abound.
Bend is a historic town with many reminders of when it was a major center for logging and lumber production. In the early 1900s there were several timber mills. Though the mills have long been closed, the lifestyle and the vibrant culture of a booming town remains. Today you can visit the old Brooks-Scanlon mill which offers shopping, dining, and entertainment as part of the renovated Old Mill District.
The historic Downtown area, full of art, fine dining, and unique shops is bustling with year-round activities and events, including a regular schedule of concerts.
FAQBend is located in the middle of the state of Oregon and well worth a long weekend visit for any Washington resident.
The city is actually about 3600 feet above sea level -- higher than Snoqualmie Pass.
There are about 87,000 people living within the Bend city limits. The closest airport is Roberts Field, located in Redmond, which is 15 miles north of Bend. There are several airlines servicing the area.
Bend is about 175 miles from Portland and 22 miles from Mt. Bachelor. The climate in Bend is very conducive to year-round travel. With abundant sunshine and a dry, high-desert climate, Bend offers moderate days and cool nights year-round.
If you're planning a ski trip, you generally can figure Mt. Bachelor will open Thanksgiving Weekend each year.
For more information, please visit www.visitbend.com or phone toll-free 877-245-8484.
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