People often ask the best time of year to visit Bend, and while we’re morally obligated to tell you it’s amazing 365 days a year, let’s admit it — there’s no place on earth offering a better summer vacation than Bend, Oregon.
June, July, August, and September are great months to explore Bend’s wide open spaces, and you can do it in dozens of ways. Try biking, cycling, hiking, fly-fishing, standup paddle boarding, rock climbing, rafting, golfing, and so much more!
When your legs are tired and you’ve got a goofy grin plastered on your face, take a break to do some people-watching while you enjoy a scrumptious meal on an outdoor patio at one of our amazing Bend restaurants. Don’t forget too that all of that playing means that your body needs a great place to recharge. Find that perfect place on our where to stay page, where you can find options from hotels and motels to vacation rentals, and B&Bs.
Traveling with kids for the ultimate Bend family vacation? Take a trip to the High Desert Museum to check out the animals and enjoy unique exhibits. Run the young’uns ragged at Sun Mountain Fun Center where they’ll enjoy bowling, arcade games, billiards, bumper cars, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, and batting cages. To explore lakes, volcanoes, or caves, book an outing with Wanderlust Tours, or explore Central Oregon on a mountain bike when you hit the trails with Cog Wild. If the Deschutes River is calling your name, stop by Stand on Liquid or Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe which is near the new whitewater park, to rent kayaks, paddle boards, or canoes. Book paddling lesson with a pro too.
Craving some arts and culture? Check out the Roundabout Art Route on a guided outing and enjoy the fabulous BendArt Safari Tour. Looking for something extra unique? Try a Segway tour from the Bend Tour Company. Want to get an aerial overview of the mountains you just got done playing in? Consider hopping in a helicopter for a ride over Bend and Central Oregon, sweeping past mountain peaks and alpine lakes.
No matter how you choose to spend the hours of your amazing Bend getaway, you’re sure to enjoy every sun-soaked minute!
Bend is a special place, and by doing your part as a responsible visitor and sharing your commitment to be a good steward, you can help ensure it stays that way for years to come. Learn how to experience this beautiful town responsibly and take The Bend Pledge. You can even take your love for Bend a step further by texting WILD4BEND to 44321 to donate to the Deschutes Trails Coalition, the nonprofit supporting Bend’s wild places through Pledge for the Wild.