Summer is our favorite time of year in Bend… until the first leaf in Drake Park turns blazing red. Then it’s fall. But then the first snow falls, and then… You get it. Bend is amazing no matter what time of year. But right now the temperature is perfect, the Deschutes is cool, and the music is constantly flowing from Les Schwab Amphitheater. There is so much to do this time of year, so we thought that you’d enjoy this great article provided by Visit Bend.

People often ask the best time of year to visit Bend, and while we’re morally obligated to tell you it’s amazing 365 days a year, let’s admit it — there’s no place on earth offering a better summer vacation than Bend, Oregon.

June, July, August, and September are great months to explore Bend’s wide open spaces, and you can do it in dozens of ways. Try bikingcyclinghikingfly-fishingstandup paddleboardingrock climbingraftinggolfing, and so much more!

When your legs are tired and you’ve got a goofy grin plastered on your face, take a break to do some people-watching while you enjoy a scrumptious meal on an outdoor patio at one of our amazing Bend restaurants. Summer is also a great time for events, ranging from concerts to festivals — all featured on our huge calendar of summer events. Don’t forget, too that all of that playing means that your body needs a great place to recharge. Find that perfect place on our where to stay page, where you can find options from hotels and motels to vacation rentals, and B&Bs.

Traveling with kids for the ultimate Bend family vacation? Take a trip to the High Desert Museum to check out the animals and enjoy unique exhibits. Run the young’uns ragged at Sun Mountain Fun Center where they’ll enjoy bowling, arcade games, billiards, bumper cars, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts, and batting cages. To explore lakes, volcanoes, or caves, book an outing with Wanderlust Tours, or explore Central Oregon on a mountain bike when you hit the trails with Cog Wild. If the Deschutes River is calling your name, stop by Stand on Liquid or Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe which is near the new whitewater park, to rent float tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, or canoes. Book paddling lesson with a pro too.  ​

Craving some arts and culture? Check out the Roundabout Art Route on a guided outingand enjoy the fabulous BendArt Safari tour. Looking for something extra unique? Try a Segway tour from the Bend Tour Company. And if you’re not sure where to start, leave the planning to someone else by letting Locals Compass create a custom itinerary just for you.

No matter how you choose to spend the hours of your amazing Bend getaway, you’re sure to enjoy every sun-soaked minute!