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.

Bend Trip Planner

Plan your customized day by day trip plan for Bend. Choose from various experinces categories as adventure, romantic and family and kids friendly for your trip using using Bend trip planner.

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