What To Do In Bend, Oregon This Fall
Fall is the time for crisp walks along the river, hot drinks shared with friends, and cozy evenings spent with family. Every season has its magic here, but we’ve got to say that fall is extra special. If you’re wondering what to do in Bend, Oregon this season, we’ve got some suggestions that, dare we say, you’ll fall for!
Wondering What To Do In Bend, Oregon This Fall? Look No Further!
Sure, pumpkin patches are great. But when in Bend, do as the Central Oregonians do. We’re lucky enough to live in an outdoor playground with insanely gorgeous backdrops and endless adventures. And although the temperature has started dropping a bit by now, we’re still a couple of weeks (or more) away from heavy snowfall and winter conditions. So, what to do in Bend, Oregon this fall? Enjoy the great outdoors, of course. These are our favorite activities…
Canoe or Kayak By Sun or Moonlight
Central Oregon is home to dozens of lakes and rivers that practically overflow with people in the summer. In the fall, though, you can enjoy a peaceful day of kayaking or canoeing, taking in the sights and sounds of the changing season. Take advantage of the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway before its winter closure with a day trip to Spark’s, Devil’s, Elk, or Cultus lakes. If you have your own kayak or canoe, you can stop anywhere along the way, or you can rent around town.
One of our favorite recommendations is kayaking by moonlight with Wanderlust Tours. With a naturalist guide, you can experience fall in Central Oregon in a new light (pun intended).
Take a Brew Tour
November is Bend Ale Trail Month which means one thing—it’s time to get your brew on. Our city is home to over 30 breweries and pubs, and the Ale Trail is a fantastic way to take advantage of them. For the self-led tour, you only need the app, some free time, and a plan to get home safely. Participants can play for prizes like gift cards and gear by using #bendaletrailmonth on Instagram.
Explore Lava Caves
Another activity unique to fall in Bend is the lava caves and tubes. These natural formations from Central Oregon’s volcanic past span most of the state through complicated underground systems. We’re lucky enough to have most of them here in Central Oregon, including Arnold Ice Cave, Lava River Cave, Redmond Caves, and Boyd Cave.
While it may not feel like a fall activity, caves are naturally temperature regulated so your experience underground now will feel the same as it would in the summer. We recommend our friends at Wanderlust Tours again for cave and lava tube exploration.
Enjoy Open-Air Shopping
If you’ve exhausted your adventurous spirit with the above activities, open-air shopping at the Cascade Village Shopping Center is just what you need. What better way to spend a relaxing fall day than walking around our shops, taking in the mountain views, and sipping on a warm drink (our favorite is the PSL, of course!)?
Or, start your adventures here by getting all the gear you need at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Find necessities like hiking boots, backpacks, Hydro Flasks, life vests, adventure snacks, and big-ticket items like kayaks and canoes.
For What To Do In Bend, Oregon, There’s CVSC
Whether you need to fuel up or wind down, you can find everything you need at the CVSC. There are endless possibilities for what to do in Bend, Oregon this fall. What adventure will you chase?