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Sisters, Oregon

The town of Sisters is located in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades in one of the fastest growing regions in the state. Situated approximately 30 miles outside of Bend and surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, the town has gained a reputation for superb recreational opportunities. Mountain biking is particularly popular in this area.

The Sisters Ranger District maintains more than 50 trails ranging from expert- to novice-level terrain. Birding, horseback riding, fly fishing and river rafting are also ideal in the Deschutes National Forest's high, arid terrain.

Named after three nearby mountains, Faith, Hope and Charity (now referred to simply as "The Three Sisters", the origins of the town date back to the late 1800s and the establishment of a military installment called Camp Polk. The town's name was officially changed to "Sisters" in 1888, yet residential growth remained slow until 1901, when the city was platted. In 1923, fire swept through the city, destroying half its infrastructure. Although many of the town's residents left, a few stayed to see it rebuilt and in 1946, the town of Sisters was officially incorporated.

These days, its old West motif and vintage storefront facades add to its fame. Surrounded by tall, sweeping landscapes of Ponderosa pines and spectacular mountain vistas, Sisters has become one of Oregon's premier small-town destinations. Its vibrant art community is supported by more than 10 different galleries and numerous arts and music festivals. Jazz, folk music, art shows and Native American arts presentations are featured each year.

Accommodations in Sisters include resort-style ranches, inns, hotels and motels. Sisters' varied cuisine and proximity to the city of Bend provide almost unlimited choices for dining, attractions and enjoyable evening entertainment.

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