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Bend [1] is the county seat of Deschutes County, Oregon, located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. The city has a population 70,000+.


Get in

There are two airports in the Bend area

Flying isn't the only way to get into Bend. Since Bend is situated in the middle of Oregon it makes it very accesible to the rest Oregonians wanting to take a vacation there. If you are out of state, flying in wouldn't be such a bad idea.


Bend has 10 elementary schools and 5 middle schools, all of which feed into one of four high schools in the area, 3 of which with division 4A sports programs.

Elementary schools:

Bear Creek School, Buckingham School, Elk Meadow School, High Lakes School, Juniper Elementary School, La Pine Elementary School, Lava Ridge School, Pine Ridge Elementary, R.E. Jewell School, Three Rivers School

Middle Schools:

Cascade Middle School, High Desert Middle School, La Pine Middle School, Pilot Butte Middle School, Sky View Middle School

High Schools:

Summit High School, Mt. View High School, Bend Senior High School, La Pine High School

Higher Education:

Central Oregon Community College

Get around


The locally renowned High Desert Museum is located just 10 miles south of Bend's Old Mill District on Hwy 97. This indoor/outdoor museum focuses on the wildlife, history, and history of Central Oregon through exhibits, living history presentations, and various shows. The Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey center is a main attraction that is fun for all ages.

The Historic Tower Theatre is located in the heart of Bend's beautiful downtown scene, right off of Main St. itself. Newly renovated, the Tower Theater has weekly shows ranging from musical concerts from local and non-local bands and artists to premiere art shows and film presentations. A night at the Tower Theater will be an experience that delves into the culture and history that is a large part of Bend's foundation.

Art- Bend has a very abundunt and cultural art scene. With the annual Art-hop being held in the downtown shops and boutiques of Bend, art enthusiasts will easily find local art and artists to be quite enticing.


Bend is definately in the top 5 cities to visit for outdoor activities. In the summer you can go horseback riding, moutain biking, white water rafting, etc.

Heres some links to different recreation activities.

Bend is known for its great Fishing

Bend is also home to The High Desert Museum. They have an really good birds of prey display.


Bend Shopping Districts

Bend Factory Outlet

Some people say that if you want quality, you’ve got to pay for it. Well, not here! Get a smoking deal at unbelievable prices on name brand goods including Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Eddie Bauer, Wamsutta, and Harry & David's, to name a few. The stores are conveniently located on south Highway 97.

Bend River Promenade

The Bend River Promenade offers the perfect blend of familiar name stores, unique specialty shops and family restaurants. From gifts and apparel to jewelry and an arcade for the kids, there is something for every member of the family. Conveniently located on North Highway 97 with easy access off of the Bend Parkway, you’re sure to find just what you need. Visit the website.

Cascade Village Shopping Center

Spend a day shopping outdoors. The Cascade Village Shopping Center offers the variety of city shopping but with the beauty of Bend. Located off of Highway 97 and featuring an outstanding collection of famous name stores, unique local shops and eateries, the Cascade Village Shopping Center is the place to find whatever you may be looking for. Visit the website.


Downtown Bend is an incredible shopping experience. The historic district is a wonderful mix of new architecture and restored buildings housing art galleries, boutiques, gift and specialty stores. Each month, you can admire the work of local artists as you sample fine wine during the First Friday Art Walk. You’ll absorb the rustic feel of the downtown architecture, taking a break for lunch at a memorable delicatessen and discovering exactly what you’ve been looking for, all over a panoramic view of Mirror Pond with a Cascade peak backdrop. So, why don’t you go Downtown, where everything’s waiting for you? Visit the website.

Forum Shopping Center

Looking for the latest bestseller? Maybe you want to rent a movie for the night, or, maybe you’d prefer the theater. Perhaps you want to stock up with plenty of food before you head to the hills. The Forum Shopping Center is Bend, Oregon’s hot spot for great deals. There are plenty of brand name stores to choose from. You’ll also find great apparel, grocery, and specialty stores. When you work up an appetite from all that shopping, why not treat yourself to a great lunch or dinner at a fine restaurant. Not enough time? Grab a quick bite from a fast food restaurant. Whatever you are seeking is conveniently accessible at the Forum Shopping Center.

The Shops at the Old Mill

Take a stroll around Bend, Oregon’s tribute to its timber town heritage. Fifty years ago you would’ve heard the sawmills humming and watched lumberjacks balancing on logs floating down the Deschutes river. Today, you’ll discover an exciting shopping, dining and entertainment district called The Old Mill. Here you’ll encounter top of the line apparel and goods, dine at nationally recognized restaurants, watch the latest blockbuster film and have a chance to see your favorite musician perform their tunes. It’s a place where the past meets the future while celebrating the natural environment’s present. website




Bend has numorous places to stay over night. Since it is a widely known tourist areas plan ahead in both the summer and winter months. There is hardly an off season in Bend. Some of the most people places to stay in Bend.

  • Mt. Bachelor Village Resort Located on the way up to the mountain but still in Bend Mt. Bachelor Village offers a varity of options for lodging and travel. Most rooms have views of the wild Deschutes River.
  • Eagle Creast Resort Located between Bend and Redmond, Eagle Crest is known for its three golf courses and wonderful mountain views. Rent a room in the hotel, or if you really want to have some fun, rent a condo for more.
  • The Inn of the Seventh Mountain is a great resort located just 15 minutes from ski resort Mt. Bachelor. The resort has two swimming pools, one complete with waterslide and volleyball net. The pool area is accompanied by large hot tubs, a sauna, and dressing rooms. The Inn has lots of activities including white water rafting, hay rides, mountain biking, shuttles to the mountain, ice skating, and lots more. I've been going to The Inn since I was a kid and it is by far my favorite place to stay in Bend, OR.

Get out

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