Central Oregon

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Central Oregon - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive

    For 66 miles, this nationally designated Scenic Byway meanders past a series of high mountain lakes and is good for fishing, hiking, and camping...Read More

  • 2. High Desert Museum


    The West was actually wild, and this combo museum/zoo proves it. Kids will love the up-close-and-personal encounters with Gila monsters, snakes...Read More

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  • 3. A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum


    A tough little stone building (it was once a bank, and banks out here needed to be solid) is the site of the museum of the Crook County Historical...Read More

  • 4. Camp Sherman


    Surrounded by groves of whispering yellow-bellied ponderosa pines, larch, fir, and cedars and miles of streamside forest trails, this small...Read More

  • 5. Des Chutes Historical Museum


    The Deschutes County Historical Society operates this museum, which was originally built as a schoolhouse in 1914. Exhibits depict historical...Read More

  • 6. Drake Park and Mirror Pond

    City Park

    At its western edge, downtown Bend slopes down to these 13 acres of manicured greensward and trees lining the edge of the Deschutes, attracting...Read More

  • 7. Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Lava Lands


    The last time hot lava flowed from Newberry Volcano was about 13 centuries ago. The north end of the monument has several large basalt flows...Read More

  • 8. Ochoco Viewpoint


    This is a truly fantastic scenic overlook that commands a sweeping view of the city, including the prominent Crook County Courthouse built in...Read More

  • 9. Peter Skene Ogden Scenic Viewpoint


    Even the most seasoned traveler may develop vertigo peering from the cliff top into a deep river canyon. It is a view that gives insight into...Read More

  • 10. Summit Prairie Drive

    Scenic Drive

    The scenic drive winds past Lookout Mountain, Round Mountain, Walton Lake, and Big Summit Prairie. The prairie abounds with trout-filled creeks...Read More

  • 11. The Cove Palisades State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Many people who drive through this part of north central Oregon are more intent on their distant destinations than on the arid landscape they...Read More

  • 12. Petersen's Rock Gardens


    Rasmus Petersen, a Danish immigrant who died in 1952, created this rock garden about halfway between Redmond and Bend. Petrified wood, thunder...Read More

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