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“How to see a 5-Star National Forest” 5 of 5 stars
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Deschutes National Forest
63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701
541 383 5300
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Ranked #5 of 68 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Bellevue, Washington
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“How to see a 5-Star National Forest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

DNF is outstanding. Well run and with something for everyone four seasons a year. The list of attractions, both front country and wilderness, is too long to list and too extensive to appreciate without multiple visits.
One day? Drive around Century Drive/ Cascade Lakes Highway, stopping at Mt Bachelor and one or two lakes.
Two days? Learn about the region's volcanic heritage at Lava Lands / Newberry Volcanic Monument and choose one or two other volcanic sights to visit.
Three days? Take a hike, climb a mountain, or paddle a lake or two.

Visited August 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Beautiful. Check out Paulina Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We drove up to East Lake and Paulina Lake in this forest. Make sure to go for lunch at the little cabin on Paulina Lake. The food's not great, but it's a fun experience. Have a local beer, like we did: Paulina Lake Pilsner! You can also rent fishing boats.

Visited July 2013
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Edgerton, Minnesota
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“Lava Fields”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

While on this scenic route, all of a sudden we were in the lava fields. Have never seen anything like this before, so we enjoyed it greatly. It's not so beautiful, but it is what happened years ago and so it is a part of history. It must have really surprised the early explorers when they traveled through this area.

Visited July 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Lots to see and do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Take Paulina Lakes road, pay your 5 dollars (well worth it) and hike to the Falls. So easy an 80+ year old who is healthy could and did do it. Don't miss the Obssydian Flow either, it is a wonderful 1 mile loop (maybe less) and it is gorgeous. (Don't wear flip flops though, OUCH). Take a Camera.

Visited July 2013
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Chehalis, Washington
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“Trees, lakes and snow capped mountains in summer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Take the time to spend a few days in God's country. There is so much to see and do. A great book is by Scott Cook called "Bend, Overall". It showcases the popular and lesser known things to see and do in the area.

You can camp, bike, kayak, boat, hike, walk, climb, picnic and watch wildlife!

Visited July 2013
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