About BendBordered by the Deschutes National Forest and the Cascade Mountains, Bend is surrounded by diverse recreational areas and is the hub of the region's activities. Tumalo State Park is 5.5 miles north and La Pine State Park is 27 miles south. Drake Park, in the historic downtown along the Deschutes River, is known for its beauty and abundance of waterfowl.
The Old Mill District, just west of US 97, is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Timber production was once a major industry in Bend, and the area occupies the site of a former sawmill. The brick powerhouse buildings and three smokestacks remain, adding character to this mixed-use development. Les Schwab Amphitheater draws popular artists and also hosts free concerts on some Sunday afternoons in June and July; phone (541) 322-9383.
Visitor Centers Central Oregon Visitors Association 57100 Beaver Dr., Building 6, #130 Bend, OR 97707. Phone:(541)389-8799 or (800)800-8334
ShoppingBend Factory Stores, 61334 S. US 97, offers more than 20 factory direct outlets, including Carter's & Kids, Columbia Sportswear Co., Eddie Bauer, Nike and Pendleton. The Old Mill District, just w. of US 97 exit 138 or 139, features dining venues, a movie theater and nearly three dozen stores, including American Eagle, Banana Republic, Gap, REI, Sunglass Hut and White House/Black Market.
Things to Do Cascade Lakes Highway
Lava Butte Area see Deschutes National Forest
Lava Cast Forest Geological Area see Deschutes National Forest
Lava River Cave see Deschutes National Forest
Newberry Crater see Deschutes National Forest
Ice-Skating Seventh Mountain Resort
Skiing Mount Bachelor Ski Resort
White-water Rafting Ouzel Outfitters
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