Destination guide

Bend is bending over backwards to make its visitors happy

This little city is where nature lovers dream of living. It's a warm wilderness getaway in summer and a snowy wonderland in the winter months, and best of all, that natural scenery is usually under a sparkling blue sky. Bend doesn't like to brag about its 300 days of sunshine each year, because it's not stuck-up. Locals are happy to welcome you into their breweries, cafes, and art galleries even when you're sweaty from your morning hike or smelly from a day fishing trout, and area museums and attractions welcome kids of all ages.

Things to do

The excitement of the Old West, snakes and all!

The great outdoors are so great in Bend, visitors might be surprised to find that the man-made attractions are impressive as well. The High Desert Museum has excellent exhibits detailing the exploration and settlement of the American West. The youngsters in your party will especially love the live snake and tortoise presentations. The Deschutes Historical Museum is located in an old grade school and has Native American and pioneer artifacts on display. You can even take in some history while you're taking in a show at Tower Theatre. The historic venue dates from 1940.

Activities

To enjoy the city scenery, bend over a bike or take a hike

The best way to enjoy your stay is to drop your bags at your Bend vacation rental and head right back outside. Biking lanes and walking paths are plentiful and well-maintained, and parks and picnic spots are everywhere. The city is home to Mount Bachelor, the most popular ski area in the Northwest, as well as the Three Sisters Mountains and Broken Top, which draw hikers, rock-climbers, and fishermen. Once you've worked your legs to the limit, you can chill out downtown in unique art galleries, cute shops, and upscale restaurants.

Weather

If you're looking for bad weather... sorry to disappoint!

The high desert in Bend brings cool nights and sunny days, and the place is buzzing with visitors year-round. Winter is the ideal time for skiers and snowboarders, with bright blue skies, frequent snowfall, and temps ranging from the 20s to 40s. Summer has its share of blue skies too, and temperatures in the 70s make hiking, kayaking, and fishing extremely pleasant. Want to come in spring or summer? Alright fine, the weather is great then, too. Plus, you might find a Bend vacation rental at a reduced price.

Natural features

Stunning landscapes are right around every Bend

You can take in much of Bend's natural beauty by simply strolling its streets. You'll find parks along the Deschutes River and next to Mirror Pond. You might spot one of the nesting great horned owls in Drake Park. There are plenty of wild places to travel to, too. The 283,400 acres of the Three Sisters Wilderness are especially beautiful. For a volcanic adventure, you may want to spend a day at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, about 13 miles south of Bend. Its crater was formed by the eruption of what was once a huge, active volcano.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bend

The nearest airport is in Redmond, OR (RDM-Robert's Field), located 15.5 mi (25 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Bend?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,915 vacation rentals near Bend. From 1,861 Houses to 205 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bend for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bend?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bend:

  • Old Mill District: 544 vacation rentals
  • Mt. Bachelor Village: 534 vacation rentals
  • Oregon Water Wonderland: 1,599 vacation rentals
  • Tetherow: 58 vacation rentals
  • Deschutes River Woods: 90 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bend?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bend. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tetherow Golf Club: 2,664 vacation rentals
  • Pronghorn Golf Courses: 1,056 vacation rentals
  • Widgi Creek Golf Club: 2,592 vacation rentals
  • Tumalo Falls: 2,494 vacation rentals
  • Westside Church: 2,704 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bend listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bend?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,861 Houses in Bend. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bend include:

  • Cabins: 205 rentals available
  • Cottages: 205 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 502 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bend?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,740 vacation rentals with pool available in Bend. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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