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The city of Bend is central Oregon's recreational haven. Flanked on the west by the Cascade Range and large tracts of Ponderosa Pine forest, Bend serves as a gateway for some of the state's most popular recreational attractions. The Deschutes National Forest and Mt. Bachelor Ski Area both lie within easy commute of the city, offering numerous locations for mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding. Central Oregon's semi-desert panorama provides further opportunities for horseback riding, rock and fossil hunting, wildlife viewing and ecological explorations. Other nearby attractions include the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Crater Lake National Park.
Bend's semi-arid surroundings are set off by the picturesque Deschutes River, which runs through the center of town and is a magnet for fly fishing enthusiasts. There are several outfitters in and around the Bend area that specialize in steelhead and Redsides fly fishing.
The Deschutes River is also known as a prime white water rafting location. Warm summer temperatures and Class III and V rapids make this an ideal rafting location.
But Bend isn't just known for its outdoor activities. The largest city in central Oregon, it has a vibrant nightlife and excellent dining locations. Several breweries make Bend their home. Its various festivals include the Wine by the River festival, showcasing Oregon wines; the Bend film festival and the Balloons over Bend hot air balloon festival.
Located at the crossroads of Highways 97 and 20, Bend is easily accessible from major Pacific Northwest cities such as Portland and Eugene, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The Bend-Redmond Airport is serviced by several major carriers and is an easy commute from town center.
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