The wilderness surrounding Bend, Oregon is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. National parks and federal recreational lands surround this vacation destination, making it easy for you to visit all there is to see. Frequent travelers to Bend all agree that the best way to visit all the nearby parks on a budget is purchasing America the Beautiful tour annual pass. This national park pass allows you to visit more than 2,000 parks and recreational lands throughout the country. Each pass also covers most expenses needed to visit the parks, including entrance fees and amenity fees. Here is how you can make a private tour of the surrounding parks with America the Beautiful pass:
Crater Lake National Park
Approximately two hours from Bend, you can find Crater Lake National Park. You can find the deepest lake in all of North America, formed by the nearby dormant volcano, Mt. Mazama, almost 7,800 years ago. The color of the lake shines a bright turquoise color that must be seen to be believed. Make sure you stock up on camera batteries so you can snap a picture from every angle.
Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Another great destination to use your America the Beautiful tour pass at is the Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This destination features the Painted Hills where the soil is perfectly layered in a variety of colors from yellow, gold, red, and even black. The Day Fossil Beds National Monument is another location where a camera is absolutely needed!
Deschutes National Forest
Perhaps the most famous national landmark surrounding Bend is the Deschutes National Forest. This sprawling forest is home to the Deschutes River, where you can enjoy thrilling white water rafting. During the summer, endless hiking and biking trails cover the 16 million acres that the Deschutes National Forest encompass. The winter brings about plenty of snow and lets you enjoy some of the best skiing conditions around.
Purchase Your America the Beautiful Tour Pass
Your America the Beautiful tour pass can be purchased for $80 at the National Park Service website. Simply visit to secure your pass for the current calendar year.
National Park Tour Getaway
Enjoy these national parks and more with America the Beautiful pass during your next stay. We offer the perfect vacation rentals with luxury amenities and spacious floor plans to relax in between your park outings. Contact our team of reservation specialists today to learn more about things to do near Bend and to book one of our beautiful vacation rentals!