Vacationing in Central Oregon

What are your plans for your next vacation? Looking for an active one? One where you can play golf one day and do some white-water rafting the next. Maybe your plans are to just relax and take in the beautiful breath-taking views of the landscape.

Central Oregon needs to be put on your list to think about.

The area’s biggest city is Bend, Oregon with a population of about 77,000 people. Located in the center of the state, Bend has Deschutes National State Park to the west and south of the city. Deschutes River runs though the city and continues into the park.

Mt. Bachelor Ski and Summer Resort has one of the longest winter seasons for downhill skiing and snow riding in North America, as well as the #1 lift system voted by readers of Ski Magazine on multiple occasions.

Maybe you’d like to take some relaxing scenic drives. Did you know that Oregon now has more All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways than any other state in the U.S.?

Oregon’s five National Scenic Byways are:
1. The McKenzie Pass – Santiam Pass
2. Cascade Lakes
3. The Oregon Outback
4. West Cascades
5. Rogue – Umpqua

Here’s a list of some other attractions and places to visit while you’re there:
(not all may be located in Central Oregon but in other parts of the state)

T&T Wildlife Tours in Haines (horse-drawn, elk-viewing)
Adler House Museum in Baker City
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Dee Wright Observatory in McKenzie Pass
Tours at the Cape Blanco, Heceta Head, Umpqua River, Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head lighthouses
Douglas County Court House in Roseburg
Neal Lane Bridge in the South Umpqua River Basin
Applegate Trail interpretive Kiosk at Canyonville City Park
John Day Fossil Beds
Japanese Garden in Portland
Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook
Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport

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