Bend’s location in the Central Oregon High Desert and offers a spectacular combination of great roads with unique scenic beauty. To best take advantage of this, attendees will be offered organized group drives as well as several short self-guided tours more suited for smaller groups of 4-6 cars
We will host the drives in groups of about 20 cars. We plan to run drives on Thursday and Friday. Depending upon demand, more than one group will depart at staggered times to reduce congestion along the roads. Signups will be requested during the registration process.
A 6-hour trip with lunch stop on your own at Crater Lake Lodge (box lunches will be provided). Note: it is a 1hr & 45min drive to-and-from Crater Lake to Bend, EACH WAY! National Park fees are the responsibility of the participants.(bring your passes!) This tour will run on Thursday.
A 4-hour trip with box-lunch at one of the many lakes along the drive. The drive will take you past Mt Bachelor, stunning alpine lakes and soaring lava fields providing many Instragram moments! This tour will run on Thursday
This 4-hour trip will provide drivers with twisty back-roads along the Crooked River Canyon. It will end up at the Crook County Fairgrounds for the 356 Holiday Gathering. This tour will run on Friday
Many roads around Bend are narrow with limited parking at scenic view-points. Attendees will be encouraged to go on these drives with the listed group size. Self-guided directions provided will include scenic and historic sites as well as restaurants, breweries and other points of interest. You are encouraged to form small groups or join others for these tours. Additional information will be available at the on-site event registration.
Located about midway between Bend and Sisters, Bend Distillery offers tasting of their sprits in a beautiful location with perfect setting for a picnic lunch or afternoon cheese and crackers. Sisters is a cute small town with several shops and restaurants. Parking at the Distillery can accommodate about 10-12 cars.
Located 27 miles away from Bend is Dee Wright Observatory. Continue the loop through forests, lava fields and rivers past Mt Washington and Three Fingered Jack. This drive is recommended for everyone! Parking space at Dee Wright Observatory is extremely limited and as such groups of 4-6 cars are recommended.
Twelve miles south of Bend is Lava Lands. Walk through the Lava fields, drive to the top of Lava Butte or spelunk in the Lava Tube Cave. Quench your thirst and hunger pains in Sunriver and continue to Mt Bachelor, returning to Bend on the Cascade Lakes Highway.
A 89-foot waterfall on Tumalo Creek about 20 miles outside of Bend. The park at the base of the falls offers hiking trails, fishing, picnic areas and restrooms. Be warned, however, that the last section of road to the falls is about 3 miles of unpaved road, which can be pretty rough and wash-boarded.
Terrebonne, 24 miles north of Bend has two great Oregon State Parks offering fantastic photo opportunities. On your way back to Bend, Redmond offers a vintage downtown with several shops, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.