Top ChoiceState 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

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...

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...

Viewpoint in Bend

Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

Just a couple miles north of Smith Rock, Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint highlights a stunning 300ft-deep gorge. You can walk over the old highway bridge and look down at the Crooked River waaay below.

Museum in Bend

Deschutes Historical Museum

Located in an old grade school, this museum houses Native American and pioneer artifacts. There's also historical information on the area's logging, railroad and fur-trapping industries.

Cave in Bend

Lava River Cave

About 1 mile south of the Lava Lands visitor center, Lava River Cave is the only lava tube that's developed for visitors (bring a flashlight or rent a lantern for $5).