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Bend’s Best Attractions and Activities
Bend is a serene city that brings together the best of stunningly beautiful wilderness and a charming downtown scene. Even in the midst of town, there’s a tranquil natural environment at famous locales like Drake Park, where you can stroll and take in the views or set off on a road cycling adventure on the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway with the Cascade Mountains and the high desert as your backdrop. The Deschutes River Trail also weaves its way through the heart of the downtown area, allowing you to spend a little time by the water in the middle of the city.
Also in town is the famous Bend Ale Trail, which consists of an array of nationally-recognized breweries like Deschutes Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., and Bend Brewing Company. Pick up a Bend Ale Trail passport from the Visitor’s Center or any number of souvenir stands, then collect a stamp from each brewery. A word to the wise: don’t drink and drive (or cycle). Instead, you can walk along the trail, or let one of the area’s brewery tour providers drive and guide you, such as the Bend Brew Bus.
If you love science and/or history, Bend has several great museums that you can check out. The High Desert Museum is located just five minutes south of downtown Bend and showcases a wide range of interactive exhibits on the natural history and local culture of Eastern Oregon and the high desert, while the Deschutes Historical Museum in the historic Reid School building focuses on the culture and history of Bend.
Finally, don’t forget to eat or grab a cup of coffee in between all of your busy sightseeing! Start your day off with coffee from places like Thump Coffee, Bellatazza, or Backporch Coffee Roasters. The Victorian Café is a nice breakfast place with fancy food and enormous Bloody Marys in a chill atmosphere to start your day off. For lunch, try the Hispanic cuisine at Barrio or the comfort food at Drake. For dinner and drinks, the New American fare at 900 Wall or the Middle Eastern dishes at Kebaba will do the trick.
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