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 three organized group drives as well as several short self-guided tours more suited for smaller groups of 4-6 cars
The local PCA Club will host the drives in groups of about 20 cars. We plan to run each drive daily Thursday and Friday. Depending upon demand, more than one group will depart at staggered times to reduce congestion along the roads. Signups will be at check-in.
A 6-hour trip with lunch stop on your own at Crater Lake Lodge. Note: it is a 1hr, 45min drive to-and-from Crater Lake <–> Bend, EACH WAY!
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 4-hour trip with lunch stop on your own at Brasada Ranch will provide drivers with twisty back-roads along the Crooked River Canyon.
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.
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.
Terrebonne, 24 miles north of Bend has two great Oregon State Parks offering fantastic photo opportunities. On your way back to the Riverhouse, Redmond offers a vintage downtown with several shops, restaurants, breweries and distilleries.