Top things to do in Bend

Top Choice Museum in Bend

High Desert Museum

This excellent museum, about 3 miles south of Bend, charts the exploration and settlement of the West, using reenactments of a Native American camp, a hard-rock mine and an old Western town. The region's natural his…
Top Choice American in Bend

Chow

The signature poached-egg dishes here are spectacular and beautifully presented, coming with sides such as crab cakes, house-cured ham and cornmeal-crusted tomatoes (don't miss the house-made hot sauces). Gourmet sa…
Park in Bend

Three Sisters Wilderness

This beautiful 283,400-acre region spans the Cascade Range and is highlighted by the glaciered Three Sisters, three recent volcanic peaks each topping 10,000ft. The western slope of the wilderness is known for dense…
State Park in Bend

Smith Rock State Park

Best known for its glorious rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park boasts rust-colored 800ft cliffs that tower over the pretty Crooked River. Nonclimbers have several miles of fine hiking trails, some of which involve…
Northwestern US in Bend

10 Below Restaurant & Lounge

Nestled in the basement of the Oxford Hotel is this upscale restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect classy, well-prepared and delicious food. The $10 lunch special is quick and good value, while dinne…
American in Bend

10 Barrel Brewing Co

Located in a charming house, this popular brewery-restaurant has a great patio for warm nights. The tasty pub-food menu includes starters such as fried brussels sprouts and steak and gorgonzola nachos, while mains r…
American in Bend

Zydeco

Zydeco is one of Bend's most acclaimed restaurants, and with good reason. Start with the duck fries (french fries fried in duck fat) or tricolored beet salad with goat cheese, then move on to your main course: pan-r…
European in Bend

Ariana

Cozy and intimate, Ariana is housed in an old bungalow and serves excellent European-inspired cuisine. Start with the beef carpaccio before leading into wild seared scallops or rack of lamb with salsa verde. Reserve…
Brewery in Bend

Boneyard Beer

One of Oregon's best and scrappiest breweries, Boneyard has a miniature tasting room in an old auto shop. It's out of the way, covered in stickers, totally unpretentious and great smelling. Sample the excellent RPM …
National Park in Bend

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

About 13 miles south of Bend is this impressive area, a relatively recent volcanic region resulting from 400,000 years of volcanic activity. Newberry Caldera was formed by the eruption of what was one of the largest…