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Families will love:

  • River, bike and snow sports
  • Mountain and cave hikes
  • Year-round outdoor adventures

Located in Central Oregon, about three and half hours from Portland, Oregon, and equidistant to the Oregon coast, Bend is a nature lover's haven. No matter the season or temperature, there is always something to do outside in Bend. Mountains block Bend from most coastal storms, so it rarely rains here (there's about 300 days of sunshine a year, to be exact) and it's one ... more
Located in Central Oregon, about three and half hours from Portland, Oregon, and equidistant to the Oregon coast, Bend is a nature lover's haven. No matter the season or temperature, there is always something to do outside in Bend. Mountains block Bend from most coastal storms, so it rarely rains here (there's about 300 days of sunshine a year, to be exact) and it's one of the few destinations where families can ski down a mountain in the morning and mountain bike or take in a round of golf in the afternoon.

This year-round vacation destination also offers a variety of outdoor activities within a short distance of each other. It's convenient to stay in downtown Bend, where you can enjoy a walkable town center with many shops, craft breweries, restaurants, hiking and biking trails and river sports. But less than 30 minutes away are waterfall hikes and Mt. Bachelor ski area.

Families who are seeking a breath of fresh air (quite literally because there's no humidity in Bend) but don't want to be entirely off the grid either, will love a family vacation in Bend, Oregon. The Bend population has quadrupled in recent years and it's actually hard to find a current resident who is originally from Bend -- that's how much people love it here!

Written by Courtney Elko less

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