Oregon
Bend
Interesting
Bend The Essential
Interesting
This city of 72,000 hugs the banks of the Deschutes River. The Three Sisters mountains (among the state's highest) and other snow-capped peaks provide a stirring backdrop to the west, with easy access to skiing, biking and rafting. This mountain getaway has cosmopolitan appeal, too. Early-20C downtown buildings house little boutiques and shops.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Bend
High Desert Museum
High Desert Museum
Nestled in a pine forest 3.5mi south of
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Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the Deschutes National Forest
Newberry National Volcanic Monument in the Deschutes National Forest
Extending south of Bend from the
Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Interpretive exhibits on regional
Pilot Butte State Park
Pilot Butte State Park
A 1.1mi scenic drive in the park spirals
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Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory
Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory
This Nature Center is geared to a
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Benham Falls at Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Benham Falls at Newberry National Volcanic Monument
More a spectacular set of untamed rapids
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