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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“Smith Rock State Park is a special place. It is renowned as a top destination for Crag climbing, drawing people from all over the world. It has over a thousand bolted routes, ranging from steep ladders to finger-cramping cracks. You will have close up views, watching the skilled climbers navigate the rugged, vertical cliffs. For those who don’t climb, there are several beautiful walking and hiking trails, everything from basic flat trails along the river towards monkey face... to very advanced hikes such as misery trail. The park offers beautiful, sweeping views of the area with gorgeous red rocked cliffs, backdropped against the snow capped mountains of the Cascade range. We are located approximately 15-20mins away. The park is easy to find and offers easy access. The park charges a day use fee of $5 for a day pass which can be used at any State park you visit, on the same day. This is a guest and host favorite!!”
  • 163 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The Old mill district has lots to do. Rather you are interested in a little shopping, happy hours, movies, or just walking along the river. ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Museum
“I love the outdoor exhibits...especially the river otters (try to coordinate when they are feeding them) but there are also interesting exhibits inside! 15 minutes south on Highway 97!”
  • 96 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A favorite locals beer. Food trucks, lawn area and occasional live music are a plus.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Yum! Just plain Yum! If your a meat eater you won’t fin it there but you should still try!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Brewery
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“10 Barrel has everything you’re looking for when visiting a craft brewery in Bend. There are so many to choose from in Bend, but locals will always suggest 10 Barrel. Family and dog friendly. ”
  • 92 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great beer and food. It's in downtown Bend, so it's fun to walk around town before or after as well.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Brewery
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“For a unique experience, with lots to discover, and enjoy ...this is a must visit! Basically a compound of restaurants, themed bars (indoor/outdoor), a Pub Theater, Turkish Soaking Pool, Cigar bar, Secret rooms/*bars, good food, craft beers and cocktails etc etc etc.... *Ask about the Broom Room”
  • 90 locals recommend
Café
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“A local favorite nestled in a cute neighborhood. Counter service with great food and a large refrigerator case with a large selection of beers to go.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Great place for breakfast -- but you better get there early. It does get quite busy.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Lounge
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“A higher end restaurant with amazing food, and a bustling atmosphere. This place is casual to dressed-up, great for couples on a night out, or a family/group outing. A diversified menu, that leans towards a Cajun theme. This is a moderate to expensive venture. Reservations are suggested. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A favorite breakfast and lunch space, check out one of their famous bloody mary's!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Voted Bend's best breakfast more years in a row than anyone can count. Awesome for lunch, too (no dinner service)”
  • 54 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Pilot Butte State Park - a 15 minute drive to the other side of town, hard to believe this is right in our backyard. A simple walk/hike with 360* views of the area. Do not miss this! ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Lodging
“A quick 45 minute drive leads to the 5th largest ski area in the U.S. is a year-round destination for fun and amazing views. Snow lovers can enjoy stellar skiing conditions from November through May . Once the snow melts a little, it transforms into a downhill mountain bike Mecca with miles of trails. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to meet with friends. A handful of food trucks to choose from and a central lounge area to sip your favorite frosty beverage. ”
  • 55 locals recommend