Bend, Oregon as seen from the top of Pilot Butte. Cascade Mountains in the background.
Not to be confused with North Bend (Oregon), a town on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Bend is the county seat of Deschutes County in Central Oregon, located between the Cascade and Maury Mountains. Bend is a tourist destination in both the summer and winter.

Get in

By plane

By road

Bend is served by U.S. Routes 20 and 97. From the west, U.S. 20 carries traffic from Santiam Pass and the Willamette Valley, and from Burns and southeastern Oregon. U.S. 97 passes north-south through the city, carrying traffic from Klamath Falls to the south and the Columbia River Gorge and Yakima to the north.

To get to Bend from Portland, you can take U.S. 26 east from Gresham over Mount Hood to Madras where it meets up with U.S. 97 south, and follow U.S. 97 south through Redmond to Bend. Or you can take I-5 south to Albany, then U.S. 20 east through Santiam Pass and Sisters. Either way will take about three hours, not counting rest stops.

Get around

To fully enjoy the city of Bend, your best mode of transportation is the bicycle. Bend has extensive bike paths and lanes and walking paths. When visiting downtown Bend, you can park for free for the first two hours during business hours and unlimited hours after 5PM. Downtown is best explored by foot. Parking can be difficult at times but a spacious parking garage is located at the corner of Bond and Oregon Streets.

By bus

Cascade East Transit provides limited bus service in and around Bend. Phone number: +1 866 385-8680, +1 541 385-8680. All buses stop at Hawthorne Station at fourth street and Northeast Hawthorne Ave.



South Sister and Broken Top feature prominently in this picture of the Cascades, roughly 30km west of Bend. Central Oregon's Cascades are a popular and scenic winter playground.



There are numerous shopping opportunities in Bend. Downtown Bend has all different kinds of shops from outdoor gear to clothes. Secondly, the Old Mill District has great shops including REI, Pac Sun, Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle, Gap and other great stores. Also, a few good restaurants including Anthony's and Red Robin.


Bend has a great selection of restaurants located all over town. Ranging from cheap and easy to expensive and ritzy, you are guaranteed to get a great meal almost anywhere you go.



Go next

Routes through Bend

Corvallis Sisters  W  E  Hines Boise
Yakima Redmond  N  S  Sunriver Klamath Falls

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