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Not all of Bend is pretty – Hwy 97 (3rd St) is a long commercial strip of cheap motels, fast-food restaurants and run-of-the-mill services. But something has had to support Bend's fast-growing population, which has skyrocketed in the last decade. While the economic slowdown did affect the city's booming growth, Bend is likely to remain a mecca for those who seek to integrate the outdoors into their active lifestyles.


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Crater Lake 3-Day Tour from Portland

Day 1: Depart Portland to Silver Falls State Park People call it the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and once you visit, you know why. Silver Falls State Park is the kind of standout scenic treasure that puts Oregon firmly onto the national—and international—stage. Its beauty, boundless recreational opportunities and historic presence keep it there. Nestled in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, less than an hour east of the state capital of Salem, the sprawling 9,200 acre property is the largest state park in Oregon, and one of the most popular.  You will be able to check out the famous South Falls and see what a 177-foot curtain of water looks like from behind. We will also visit North Falls and you will be able to walk behind it! Lunch (on own) in Silverton, Oregon. After lunch we will depart Silverton for wine tasting Overnight Eugene Day 2: Crater Lake National Park As we drive to Crater Lake we will stop at Salt Creek Falls which is Oregon’s second highest single drop waterfall, cascading 286 feet (87m). (Multnomah Falls is the highest.) This waterfall is also one of Southern Oregon’s most powerful falls, with an average yearly flow of 50,000 gallons per minute surging over the rocks. Upon arrival at Crater Lake we will spend half the day visiting all the incredible vistas, visitor centers, overlooks & Historic Lodge.   Crater Lake has inspired people for thousands of years with some of the 1st Native Americans who discovered it’s beauty and mystic. No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; steep surrounding cliffs almost two thousand feet high; two unique picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty and the Nations deepest lake over 1,900 ft deep. Lunch Crater Lake National Park (not included) Overnight in Bend, Oregon Day 3- Bend to Portland This morning we will visit the High Desert Museum.  This unique museum reveals the natural world and cultural history of the West’s High Desert region through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history.  The Museum is  feels like stepping into a different time and place.  Next we will make a brief stop at Smith Rock State Park, which is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. Its towering rock spires have beckoned climbers from around the globe since the 1980’s.  Next stop Timberline Lodge!   You won’t see anything else like it, anywhere.  Legendary, awe-inspiring, a tribute to the rugged spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Monumental lodging on Mt Hood with year round skiing. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year.  Return to Portland – Overnight hotel not included

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Private Half-Day Photo Tours

Half Day Photo Tours (4 hrs, up to 2 adults)Whether you want to see vibrant sunsets and sunrises, misty waterfalls, mountain reflections in the high lakes, or the twinkling night sky, our professional photographers are ready to take you on a tour through the incredible Central Oregon Cascades and the beautiful High Desert on a photo journey you'll never forget! Meet us at the Cascade Center of Photography or let us to pick you up at your hotel.In addition to packing your camera and tripod, remember to bring appropriate clothing for our Central Oregon weather! We also suggest sticking in some water and snacks, especially during our warm summer months.

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Central Oregon Private Photo Tour with Local Guide

Full Day Tours (7 hrs, up to 2 adults)Whether you want to see vibrant sunsets and sunrises, misty waterfalls, mountain reflections in the high lakes, or the twinkling night sky, our professional photographers are ready to take you on a tour through the incredible Central Oregon Cascades and the beautiful High Desert on a photo journey you'll never forget! Meet us at the Cascade Center of Photography or let us to pick you up at your hotel.In addition to packing your camera and tripod, remember to bring appropriate clothing for our Central Oregon weather! We also suggest sticking in some water and snacks, especially during our warm summer months.

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Personal Photography Tutoring in Bend

Did you just get this new Camera? Does it have too many buttons you don’t know what they are for? Now you can learn how to use it!One-on-one photography instruction customized to fit your schedule. Choose the area of interest to visit in Central Oregon or let your professional photography guide take you to his/her favorite spots. Or if you prefer, stay in the classroom at our Center.Photography level from beginner to intermediate. Make a reservation and then please tell us a little more about your needs. • Level of photography experience • Camera gearPlease note: If travel is involved, a small extra fee for gas will be charged

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Bend Historic Photo Tours

Meet us at the Cascade Center of Photography or allow us to pick you up at your hotel! Suggested departure times are 9am or 2pm. Our professional photographer will take you through the historic heart of Bend along the peaceful Deschutes river, where nature meets city life in a display of vibrant personalities, stunning colors and intricate textures. Take home great photos along with fond memories of your day in the beautiful city of Bend, Oregon.In addition to packing your camera, remember to bring appropriate clothing for our Central Oregon weather! We also suggest sticking in some water and snacks, especially during our summer months.

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Night Sky Private Photo Tour

Central Oregon's high altitude, crisp, clear air, low humidity and cool nights provide excellent conditions for Night Sky Photography. With a choice of moon lit nights illuminating the landscapes or capturing the Milky Way and numerous star trails during the dark moonless evenings, our local photographer guide will show you the best locations, as well as the proper camera settings for capturing those magical images.You decide on meeting time and where we pick you up. Suggested departure time is 8:30 pm with a duration of 3 hours. Bring your own camera, lenses, extra battery, tripod and headlamp. And don´t forget to bring a small snack and water.Central Oregon nights get cold, even during summer. Prepare and bring an extra sweater or jacket, and in fall and winter bring cloves and warm shoes.After booking we will contact you to tell you what lenses work best for night photography and give you some pointers to prepare for this spectacular private night sky photo tour.