We love Bend. We think you will, too.

Bend and Central Oregon inspire the artist, innovator and outdoorsperson in each of us. This is a great place to get out there.

Recreation Calendar

Best Outdoor Town


Top Ski Town
One of the country's top five ski towns
(Travel + Leisure)


Top Bike Town
#1 mountain biking town in the U.S.
(Mountain Bike Action)


Top Trail Town
#6 best trail running town

Arts & Entertainment

Coffee and Ms. Pac-Man


Tessa, TOUR ambassador and art major, recommends:

Hanging out at Spoken Moto cafe

Delicious hipster coffee, amazing food carts, vintage motorcycles, a cozy aesthetic atmosphere, and an Insta-worthy café. They even have free live music on Thursday and Friday nights.

Going old school at Vector Arcade
For the young and young at heart, there is a classic arcade in downtown Bend. Be sure to bring your nostalgia!

Soaking Pool and Ice Cream


Austin, energy systems engineering major, recommends:

Movie and soaking pool at McMenamins Old St. Francis

A 1936 Catholic schoolhouse renovated into a McMenamins in 2004. It's a hotel with classrooms-turned-lodging rooms, a pub, movie theater, live music and a fantastic soaking pool.

Goodies at Goody's Chocolates

Homemade ice cream, chocolates and edible raw cookie dough. They use the best flavors and ingredients in Oregon. Try anything made with huckleberry.

Visitors Information

The Experts Agree

Bicycle Friendly Community
(League of American Bicyclists, 2017)

Top Entrepreneurial City in Oregon
(Cascade Business News, 2017)

Best Small City for Business and Careers
(Forbes, 2016)

Best Performing City
(Milken Institute, 2016)

One of the top 52 destinations in the world to visit in 2015
Bend listed as #30
New York Times, Jan. 11, 2015

One of America’s 10 best destinations for outdoor enthusiasts
USA Today

One of 15 U.S. cities with the best restaurant scene
Huffington Post

America's top adventure town
Men's Journal, 2015

America’s #1 ski town for breweries
USA Today, January 22, 2014

The world’s best SUP getaway
Outside, March 4, 2014

One of world's top 25 ski towns
National Geographic, February 2, 2012

One of the nation's top 5 equestrian communities
Equitreking.com, Oct. 2, 2012

The nation's dog-friendliest town
Dog Fancy, 2012

The country’s #1 town for sportsmen
Outdoor Life, April 7, 2011

One of the top 10 fly fishing towns in the U.S.
Fly Fisherman

The best trail running town, #6
Outside, 2010

One of the best fishing towns in America, #8
Field & Stream, January 8, 2008

One of the country's top five ski towns #3
Travel + Leisure 

The #1 mountain biking town in the United States
Mountain Bike Action

One of the nation’s top cycling towns
USA Today, April 18, 2014