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Top things to do in Central Oregon

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Ranked #1 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks

One of the great things about Smith Rock State Park is that nearly everybody can enjoy it ... it doesn't matter if you are young, old, sedentary, or a world class rock climber... more »

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Ranked #2 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Scenic Drives
Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Ranked #3 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Forests; National Parks; Nature and Parks
Owner description: Encompassing more than 1.6 million acres of Central Oregon, this region extends for about 100 miles with a scenic backdrop of... more » Owner description: Encompassing more than 1.6 million acres of Central Oregon, this region extends for about 100 miles with a scenic backdrop of volcanic mountains of the Cascades. « less
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Ranked #4 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: ; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits with live... more » Owner description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits with live animals, live historical performers, a re-created pioneer town and ranch, Western art, extensive Native American collection and special programs for all ages. « less
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Ranked #5 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #6 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Waterfalls; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #7 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Geologic Formations; Volcanos
One of the nation's newest national monuments, this 55,500 acre area seeks to preserve unique accessible volcanic features.
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Ranked #8 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Well Traveled Fork offers insightful culinary tours and cooking classes in the Central Oregon area. You can meet the... more » Owner description: The Well Traveled Fork offers insightful culinary tours and cooking classes in the Central Oregon area. You can meet the farmers and ranchers that grow the food that you put on your table. The growers will show you their fields and pastures, the places that make their products so unique that you will begin to understand and appreciate what fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable food is all about!Our cooking classes are the best! Chef Bette teaches children as well as the experienced cook new things to do in the kitchen. From Wood Fired Cuisine in her pizza oven paired with Bend' famous beers to French pastry or children's classes, a day in the kitchen with Chef Bette is a memorable event. « less
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Sparks Lake (Bend)
Ranked #9 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #10 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums; Museums
Owner description: There’s no better place! The local elevation, pitch dark surrounding and crystal clear air make it perfect for star gazing.... more » Owner description: There’s no better place! The local elevation, pitch dark surrounding and crystal clear air make it perfect for star gazing. You won’t be lining up for one telescope. The Oregon Observatory is the largest astronomical viewing facility in the United States. Feast your eyes on far away galaxies. Recognize the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. Witness a meteor shower. Get a glimpse of globular clusters, nebula and deep space binary stars. « less
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Hosmer Lake (Bend)
Ranked #11 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Metolius River (Camp Sherman)
Ranked #12 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Pilot Butte (Bend)
Ranked #13 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Parks; Hiking Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #14 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
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Clear Lake (Sisters)
Ranked #15 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
This is the source of the McKenzie River and offers hiking worth exploring.
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Brasada Ranch (Powell Butte)
Ranked #16 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Ranchs; Landmarks
Owner description: Brasada Ranch is an expansive 1,800 acre resort named "Oregon's Best Destination Resort" by The Oregonian and is ranked #1 on... more » Owner description: Brasada Ranch is an expansive 1,800 acre resort named "Oregon's Best Destination Resort" by The Oregonian and is ranked #1 on Conde Nast Traveler's Best Resorts in the Pacific Northwest. Come experience The Ranch Life for the day. Day visitors are welcome to Brasada Ranch; treat yourself to organic body treatments and massages at Spa Brasada, equestrian trail rides through the studded hills, seasonal farm-to-table dining, scenic hikes through miles of dirt and paved trails and end your day with house made s'mores by one of the many outdoor fire pits. The panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and High Desert are unparalleled to anything you've ever seen before. If you're stopping by for more than the day, stay in a luxurious Ranch House Suite or spacious Sage Canyon Cabin or Cascade Cabin. Guests also receive access to the 17,000 square foot Athletic Center with indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs and world class golf at Brasada Canyons, private for resort guests and members. No matter how long you stay at Brasada Ranch, we guarantee you won't want to leave. « less
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Ranked #17 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #18 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Mountains; Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Offers twelve ski trails and ski clinics to help novice to advanced skiers.
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Proxy Falls (Sisters)
Ranked #19 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Hiking Trails; Waterfalls
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Ranked #20 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Ranked #21 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Biking Trails
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Todd Lake (Bend)
Ranked #22 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #23 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Other
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Ranked #24 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #25 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Hiking Trails

Peterson Ridge Trail is a new Mountain Bike trail system created by the Sisters Trail Alliance.  Accessed via two wonderful areas, the trail system is well marked and meets the... more »

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Ranked #26 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #27 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Join a local photographer tour guide on one of our Photography Tours and enjoy the sights and sounds of Central Oregon in a... more » Owner description: Join a local photographer tour guide on one of our Photography Tours and enjoy the sights and sounds of Central Oregon in a whole new way. Whether you have visited before or this is your first time, allow us to show you the best photographic locations and secret spots Central Oregon has to offer! Pick up tips along the way on how to better understand and maximize your camera gear to reach your full potential in photography. Designed for individuals and small groups, these outings are sure to leave you with stunning photographs and fond memories.Tours will be customized to fit your specific needs. We have different photographer instructors to meet your level of photography. « less
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Ranked #28 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #29 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #30 of 61 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: State Parks; Nature and Parks
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