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Enjoy the Sights of the City outside Your Front Door
Downtown Bend is the perfect place for perusing shops, sampling incredible craft beer from local breweries, touring museums, road cycling, and pleasing your palate with the best of the area’s restaurants and coffee shops.
Drake Park in the center of downtown is home to a pleasant atmosphere and the starting point of the gorgeous Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway. Whether you’re interested in a scenic stroll or an invigorating road cycling adventure through the mountains and high desert, Drake Park is the place to start.
If you’re up for the journey, follow the Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway through the stunning backdrop of the Cascade Mountains and Eastern Oregon’s high desert. Note: road cycling is best for bicyclists who comfortable with riding on main roads, so be safe and remain aware of your surroundings while you are riding.
For something a little more leisurely, you can stroll along the Old Mill District. Grab a cup of coffee from Strictly Organic Coffee Co, then take in riverfront views as you browse fashion, sporting goods, and other outlet stores. Sit down for a meal at restaurants like Anthony’s at the Old Mill, Pastini Pastaria, Kona Mix Plate, and Level 2: Global Food & Lounge. If you come here during the afternoon or evening, sip on flights of wine at winery tasting rooms such as Naked Winery Tasting Room and Va Piano Vineyards. Les Schwab Amphitheater on site also holds concerts and events on a frequent basis.
Of course, you can’t visit Bend without taking on the Bend Ale Trail. Consisting of some of the country’s best breweries, such as Bend Brewing Company, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., and Deschutes Brewery, this monumental beer-tasting tour is one that’s guaranteed to please. Grab a passport from the Visitor’s Center or a souvenir stand, then collect your stamps from each brewery! Just be sure to play it safe and walk or let a brewery tour service like the Bend Brew Bus drive you.
Finally, those who are interested in history and science will enjoy Bend’s downtown and downtown-adjacent museums, such as the Deschutes Historical Museum located inside of the old Reid School House and the High Desert Museum that delves into the natural history and culture of the high desert and Eastern Oregon.