School’s out for the summer, so get off the couch and visit some of these destinations before the snow starts falling again in October.
West of Bend
- Tumalo Falls Runoff from Broken Top and Tumalo Mountain come to a climax at this huge waterfall, located just 12 miles from Bend. During the summer, the viewpoint is just a short walk from the parking lot.
- Three Creeks Lake (pictured) sits under Tam McArthur rim, west of Sisters. Enjoy a view of the lake and eight different peaks and bring bug spray.
North of Bend
- Maupin is home to some of the best white-water rapids in Oregon. Spend a day, or an entire weekend, rafting and don’t forget the sunblock.
- White River Falls (pictured) is a two hours drive from Bend, but well worth the wait. Two gigantic drops create a roar that you can hear before you can see. Explore the foot of the falls to find an old G.E. power generator.
South of Bend
- Lava River Caves are only 13 miles south of Bend, where you’ll find Oregon’s longest lava tube at nearly a mile in length. The perfectly domed ceilings give the idea that lava was at one point flowing through this cave.
- Crater Lake (pictured) is the one of the most majestic sites in Oregon, located 100 miles south of Bend. Take in the scenic views, pack a picnic and bring a camera.
East of Bend
- Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area (pictured) offers an escape from the city with it’s spectacular rock formations, caving and hiking over 33,000 acres
- Pine Mountain Observatory is located 30 miles southeast from Bend and is open Saturday and Sunday nights May through September. Bring water, snacks, warm clothes and comfortable shoes.
–The Broadside staff