Every year, TripAdvisor travelers vote on their favorite things around the world for our Travelers’ Choice Awards. We highlight the top picks in all things travel with categories such as destinations, hotels, vacation rentals, airlines, and beaches. We’re taking a closer look below at the #4 Destination on the Rise in the US, as chosen by the TripAdvisor community. For the rest of 2018’s winners in all other categories, see our Travelers’ Choice Awards page on TripAdvisor!
Only 21 miles from RDM airport, Bend is a natural playground for families and adventure travelers. Hiking and fishing along the Deschutes river, mountain biking and skiing at Mt. Bachelor are among the favorite activities. Enjoy award-winning restaurants or one of the nearly 30 breweries and pubs. Sunny weather compliments the many world class festivals and concerts. Bend is a great spot for family-friendly fun as well, from the High Desert Museum to ski areas with no fees for children under 12.
Where to Stay
Wall Street Suites
“We travel to Oregon every year. This is our go to place to stay in Bend. It is beautiful and in a great location. Downtown and all the breweries are so close by. We bring our own bikes but Wall Street has bikes they loan their guests. I am a hotel snob and this is one of my favorite places to stay. Just an all around great place.”
What to Do
Private Half-Day Photo Tours
Explore the stunning vistas and prime photo locations in Oregon’s high desert on this private half-day photo tour of Bend. In the company of your expert local guide, visit diverse wild and historic regions in and around Bend, get photographic guidance, and snap some memorable shots.
“The photographer gave us lots of locations to choose from (waterfalls, Smith Rock, Cascade Lakes). We chose the Sparks Lake Sunrise for the reflected mountain views. It was spectacular! Wife loved it and all she had was her phone. Great to learn about the instructors favorite landscape f-stops and low light techniques. He also suggested some processing techniques ( I enjoy HDR) and great phone app for the wife who downloaded it right there. Will do this again next time with my daughter who loves photography!” —TripAdvisor Reviewer