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Best things to do in Central Oregon

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Ranked #1 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: State Parks; Outdoors

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 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks
Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
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Ranked #3 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Forests; National Parks; Outdoors
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 49 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 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
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Ranked #6 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Geologic Formations; Volcanos; Outdoors
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 #7 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
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Ranked #8 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums; Landmarks
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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Sparks Lake (Bend)
Ranked #9 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Metolius River (Camp Sherman)
Ranked #10 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Hosmer Lake (Bend)
Ranked #11 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Pilot Butte (Bend)
Ranked #12 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Parks; Hiking Trails; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Outdoors
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Clear Lake (Sisters)
Ranked #13 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
This is the source of the McKenzie River and offers hiking worth exploring.
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Ranked #14 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Mountains; Outdoors
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Proxy Falls (Sisters)
Ranked #15 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Hiking Trails; Waterfalls; Outdoors
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Ranked #16 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #17 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Outdoors
The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
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Ranked #18 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks
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Ranked #19 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Biking Trails; Outdoors
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Todd Lake (Bend)
Ranked #20 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #21 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Other
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Ranked #22 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #23 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors

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 #24 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Outdoors
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Ranked #25 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #26 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #27 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Ranked #28 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
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Tumalo Mountain (Redmond)
Ranked #29 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Mountains; Outdoors
Scenic mountain lined with fir and pine trees: great for hiking and skiing.
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Ranked #30 of 49 attractions in Central Oregon
Category: Resort Communities; Other
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