Our Top 10 Underrated Bend Activities

There are plenty of things to do in Bend, Oregon that go beyond downtown for some craft beer. While we love the Old Mill, Drake Park, and other classic Bend, Oregon activities; this list will help you find things to do in Bend that fly under the radar. Here are 10 of the most underrated activities you can do in Bend, Oregon on your next visit.

  1. Tin Pan Alley Art Collection | NW Tin Pan Alley, Bend, OR 97703
    • A free, fun, and easy walk you may stumble upon if you’re exploring downtown. This locals favorite makes for a fun stop to check out some local art right in the heart of downtown Bend! The gallery features local art that is always changing, so even if you’ve been here before make sure to see the new pieces regularly added!
  2. Newberry Volcanic Crater | Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Deschutes NF, Bend, OR 97702
    • This National Volcanic monument will make you feel like you’re in another world. The lava flows, stunning views, and fun hiking make this a fun half-day trip. With over 54,000 acres to explore, escape the crowds and explore the volcanic roots of Central Oregon.
  3. Dillon Falls Day Use Area| Dillon Falls Day Use Area, Bend, OR 97701
    • This relaxing yet conveniently located day use area is just 20 minutes from downtown but is not heavily trafficked like some of the other day use areas found in Bend. Come enjoy a lovely walk, picnic, or paddle along the winding Deschutes river at this easily accessible day use area. Forest passes are required and can be purchased for $5 for a day.
  4. Lone Pine Coffee Roasters | Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, 910 NW Harriman St #150, Bend, OR 97703
    • Living the Bend, OR lifestyle means a passion for high quality, and locally roasted coffee. Come enjoy a lovely cup of coffee from this locals favorite. Escape the lines and enjoy your espresso and a fresh waffle while exploring downtown.
  5. Good Drop Wine Shop | The Good Drop Wine Shoppe, 141 NW Minnesota Ave #2719, Bend, OR 97701
    • The Good Drop Wine Shoppe is for the wine lovers looking to discover exotic and hard to find wines from all over the world to enjoy on your visit. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur, or new to wine, this hole-in-the-wall boutique wine shop is a sight you won’t find anywhere else.
  6. Drive the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway
    • Looking for a relaxing yet stunning drive? The Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway is a must for any Central Oregon visitor. It’s no accident that Scenic America called this road one of America’s most important byways. Drive through stunning Ponderosa forests, volcanic landscape, and see the beauty this winding road has to offer.
  7. Too Sweet Cakes | Too Sweet Cakes, 1012 SE Cleveland Ave #1A, Bend, OR 97702
    • Fresh made ‘cronuts’… yes please! For those who have yet to experience the breakfast delight that is a ‘cronut’, look no further than local bakery Too Sweet Cakes. A cronut is a light and flakey donut with the texture of a croissant. Too Sweet Cakes may be out of downtown, but is a great place to grab some sweet treats before they day’s adventures have started!
  8. Riddle Routes
    • Riddle Routes is a great way to see the city of Bend in an engaging, exciting, and educational way. While you will see all the most popular sights around the city, you’ll do it in a different way than you ever have before. Play as individuals, or as teams, this is sure to be a fun way to walk the city of Bend’s streets.
  9. Bend Rock Gym | Bend Rock Gym, 1182 SE Centennial Ct, Bend, OR 97702
    • When visiting Bend, adventure comes with it. Bend Rock Gym is a great way to get that adventure but escape the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. With top rope, bouldering, and different levels of climbing, there’s something for everyone at this highly rated favorite.
  10. Good Dog Loop | Good Dog!, 18775 Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, Bend, OR 97702
    • The Good Dog loop is another way to enjoy the beautiful sights along the Deschutes River but escape the crowds of downtown. The Good Dog loop is a 3.5 mile loop that can be done by all levels of hikers. Expect to see a lot of dogs on this well loved trail among locals. Forest passes are required and can be purchased for $5 for a day.

Tetherow puts you right at the heart of your Central Oregon adventure. We can’t wait to host your next visit to beautiful Bend, OR. See you soon!