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Things to do in Cascades

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cascades. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cascades attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cascades to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cascades.

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  • First Ascent

    The guides at First Ascent will teach you the ABCs of climbing on the dramatic spires of Smith Rock, located just north of town. More
  • Mount Bachelor

    Don't leave Bend without visiting Mount Bachelor, which consistently tops ski bibles' lists of the finest peaks in the Northwest. In April, the pow... More
  • Natural Migrations

  • Old Mill District

    Head to the Old Mill District, where there are vast outposts of REI and Helly Hansen, as well as one-off boutiques like Vanilla (should your needs ... More
  • Oregon Trail of Dreams

    Musher Jerry Scdoris leads daily dog-sledding excursions. More
  • Patient Angler

    Fly fisherman Peter Bowers, owner of the Patient Angler, swears that what he'll teach you in a 90-minute crash course would take you three years to... More
  • Sparrow Bakery

    The tiny café has a passionate following for its smoked-sea-salt bagels and its trademark “ocean rolls” (like a cinnamon roll, but with a cardamom ... More
  • Spinreel Dune Buggy Rentals

    Rent an ATV for the dunes. More
  • Sun Country Tours

    Sun Country Tours sends 20,000 people a year down the Big Eddy Thriller, a three-mile, roller coaster–like white-water stretch of the Deschutes Riv... More
  • Sunriver Observatory

    At 8 p.m., Bob Grossfeld, Sunriver's astronomer in residence, flicks a switch and retracts the roof of the Sunriver Observatory. Sidle up to one of... More
  • The Bar at Bendistillery

    Bendistillery is an intimate space for sinking into a plush velvet armchair and sipping a DesertJuniperGin martini. More
  • Tower Theatre

    Bend's cultural nexus is the Tower Theatre, a venue worth checking out any time of the year for eclectic dance, live theater, and performance going... More
  • Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe

    If tranquil water is more your speed, hire a guide at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe and the only splashes you'll hear will be the ones your paddles mak... More
  • Wanderlust Tours

    The company leads daily excursions to Boyd Cave, an 1,800-foot-long lava tube that snakes beneath the desert floor. More
  • Widgi Creek

    Golfers can make for Widgi Creek, a course designed by Robert Muir Graves that meanders among pines in scenic Deschutes National Forest. More

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