The best way to spend your summer vacation in Bend, Oregon.
Summer is the season that makes Bend, Oregon such a special place. Bend’s weather is amazing – warm and sunny during the day and cooler at night – making it the perfect Northwest recreation playground. Here's a just a snapshot of some of Bend, Oregon's things to do in the summer when staying at Riverhouse on the Deschutes.
Let Wanderlust Tours take you behind the scenes with either the Bend Brew Bus or the Local Pour to witness Bend’s brewing and artisan distilling cultures. Your professional guide will provide insights into the processes of distillation, fermentation and the craft of making beer all while sampling the passions of the producer. When the snow melts, we are happy that it ends up in a glass. Cheers!
There’s no place like central Oregon in the summer! Let Wanderlust Tours and our award-winning naturalist guides take you paddling on the pristine blue waters of high-elevation mountain lakes, head underground into nature’s air conditioned lava caves, watch the moon rise and the stars come out on one of our amazing starlight canoe tours or hike through a geologically diverse volcano. We’re experts in summer adventures.
Relax on any inflatable device in the water and float down the Deschutes River from the Old Mill District to Drake Park. It is a must do on your list of all things Bend. Rental equipment is available from Sun Country Tours at Riverbend Park including tubes and life vests. Join the crowd and float down the river then ride the shuttle back to Riverbend Park.
Raft the Deschutes
Grab your family and book a Big Eddy Rafting trip with Sun Country Tours. You'll get wet and enjoy the views of the Deschutes River with a professional river guide. Read about the Big Eddy trip and other tours Sun Country offers in the Central Oregon Area. Read more
Bird's Eye View
Join Riverhouse on the Deschutes and Big Mountain Heli Tours and tour the skies of Central Oregon. See everythign from remote lakes in the Cascade Mountains, vast endless terain of the Oregon Badlands and the Canyons of Crooked River.
SUP the Deschutes River or up at the many Cascade Lakes
Did you know that Central Oregon was named the best stand up paddleboard (SUP) getaway in the country? Experience what all the hype is about for yourself. Rent boards during your stay and explore the waterways while working your core. Read more about the local hot spots for SUP here.
There are plenty of trails to ride just minutes away in Bend. Phil's trail complex is located on Skyliner Road and there are several trails leaving from Wanoga Sno-park as well as the river trail. (NW Forest pass is required at most trail head parking lots).
Cascade Welcome Center - Explore the Forest
The Cascade Welcome Center is located on Cascade Lakes Highway and is staffed by the Forest rangers. It's a great place to get directions and maps, learn about hiking and biking trails to explore, and purchase NW Forest day passes. There are many trail heads beginning at the parking lot so you can start off your mountain, lake and wildlife adventures. NW Forest pass is required at most trailhead parking lots.
Drinks on the deck at CURRENTS
After a day of outdoor adventure in Bend, why not enjoy another Deschutes River view at CURRENTS? Check out the menu and drink specials here.
When staying at our hotel in Bend, Oregon, make sure you take advantage of the close by golf course. Make a tee time at River's Edge Golf Course. Enjoy amazing views of the Deschutes River and Mt. Jefferson while playing 18 holes on the golf course that was voted Bend's favorite golf course and received 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.
Explore with Wanderlust Tours
Wanderlust Tours offers many ways to experience the beauty of Central Oregon. Canoe the Cascade Lakes, hop on the Brew Bus and explore Bend's breweries or head underground on a cave tour.
Summer at Mt. Bachelor
Mt. Bachelor isn't just a winter paradise; it's also a great place to visit in the summer. Make a reservation to enjoy sunset dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. Try out the downhill mountain bike park, Frisbee golf course or take a scenic chairlift ride to have lunch with breathtaking views. Be sure to bring your camera!
Concerts at Hayden Homes Amphitheater
Catch a show with a view at the premier outdoor concert venue in Central Oregon. See the upcoming lineup for this summer here.