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Central Oregon Travel Guide

Plan Your Central Oregon Vacation

After a day on the Sunriver bike paths, a first-time visitor from Germany shook her head. "This place is paradise," she declared. It's easy to see why she thought so. Central Oregon has snowfields so white they sharpen the edges of the mountains; canyons so deep and sudden as to induce vertigo; air so crisp that it fills the senses; water that ripples in mountain lakes

so clear that boaters can see to the bottom, or rushes through turbulent rapids favored by rafters.

A region born of volcanic tumult is now a powerful lure for the adventurous, the beauty-seeking, and even the urbane—which, in Central Oregon, can all be found in the same person.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Become one with nature Central Oregonians live on the flanks of the Cascade Range and are bracketed by rock formations, rivers, lakes, forests, ancient lava flows, and desert badlands. Bring your golf clubs, carabiners, snowboard, or camera, and explore deeper.
  2. Visit Bend Downtown Bend is lively and walkable, with a variety of appealing restaurants, galleries, and stores.
  3. Kick back at Sunriver This family-oriented resort has bike paths, river trails, an airstrip, horse stables, tennis courts, a golf course, and several restaurants.
  4. Check out the craft brewing scene With more than a dozen breweries—and counting—you can find nearly any type of beer that fits your tastes.
  5. Discover the Old West Cowboy towns, such as Sisters and Prineville, offer a glimpse into what life was like when the West was wild.

When To Go

When to Go

Central Oregon is a popular destination year-round. Skiers and snowboarders come from mid-December through March, when the powder is deepest and drie...

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