Bend Tourism

Bend is a city in, and the county seat of Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. It is the principal city of the Bend, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bend is Central Oregon's largest city, and despite its modest size, is the de facto metropolis of the region, owing to the low population density of that area. Bend recorded a population of 76,693 at the time of the 2010 US Census, up from 52,029 at the 2000 census. The estimated population of the city as of 2013 is 81,236. Bend's metro population was estimated at 165,954 as of July 1, 2013. The Bend MSA is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Oregon. Bend is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. Here the Ponderosa Pine forest transitions into the high desert, characterized by arid land, junipers, sagebrush, and bitter-brush. Originally a crossing point on the river, settlement began in the early 1900s. Bend was incorporated as a city in 1905. Economically, it started as a logging town but is now identified as a gateway for many outdoor sports, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, paragliding and golf. In 2015, Men's Journal ranked Bend as one of The 10 Best Places to Live Now.


In its early years, Bend was fairly a less-known town in Oregon, that was inhabited by villagers who engaged in occupations like fishing and hunting. It is from the River Deschutes’ “Farewell Bend” that the city derives its name from. Its limits have garnered the reputation of the city for being one of the best places for adventure and outdoors. While this happens, its administration and structure among other factors have bestowed it with the title of “One of the best places to live in” by several websites.

So, what are the things one can look forward to in Bed? Well, there is a wide array of museums, hill tops, ski areas and mesmerizing viewpoints. A must-visit include High Desert Museum, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, Tumalo Falls and the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bend

  • Star Gazing-Photography-Wine-tasting
    Star Gazing-Photography-Wine-tastingNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    THIS ACTIVITY DEPARTS FROM BAKER CITY, OR Stargaze, sip local wine, and (for photographers) take photos under big Eastern Ore...

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  • Save 7% Kayak Instruction and Brewery Package in Bend
    Kayak Instruction and Brewery Package in BendNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Days 12 Hrs

    Adult Beginner Whitewater Kayak Clinic: we make learning so much fun that you will never want to stop boating! Professional a...

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  • Save 1% Beginner's Fly Fishing Tour
    Beginner's Fly Fishing TourNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Days

    THIS ACTIVITY DEPARTS FROM BAKER CITY, OR Learn a great American past time on the pristine lakes and rivers of Eastern Oregon...

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  • Know the pollution level of Bend before you plan your visit.

    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Bend for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bend.

    • Burglary and Theft 5 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 10 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 95 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
    • Safety Index 86.69 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 60.45 (High)
    • Pollution Index 3.45 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 22.14 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 56.94 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.63 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bend

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.98 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.11 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.67 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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