Why you'd want to live in Bend
Bend, Oregon, in Deschutes county, is 121 miles SE of Portland, Oregon. Bend is situated along the banks of the Deschutes River near the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountain Range. It's located in the central portion of Oregon and the landscape features Ponderosa Pine as well as a high desert plateau. Bend is a popular destination for a variety of outdoor activities. Tourism is a major factor for the economy. Healthcare, social services, scientific and technical services and wood products manufacturing are prominent parts of the economy. It's a popular retirement location. The city features a high desert climate with sunny days and cool nights. Bend is known as a cosmopolitan mountain town and features a vibrant, diverse art scene. The numerous rivers and lakes provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. Residents and tourists enjoy whitewater rafting, fly fishing and kayaking on the Deschutes River. Golfing is popular on the numerous quality courses. The Crooked and Metolius rivers are enjoyed by residents and tourists. Paulina and East lakes are popular fishing locations. The Cascade Mountains are well known for hiking and bicycle riding. Mount Bachelor ski resort is a popular destination. The close by Cascade Lakes are enjoyed for a variety of outdoor activities. Bend is a popular location for bicycle riding and includes a variety of landscapes for cyclists including scenic forests, lava fields, a desert terrain and mountains. The Three Sisters Wilderness area is popular for backcountry hiking and camping. Smith Rock State Park is well known for rock climbing. Hiking to the top of Pilot Butte provides a panoramic view of the landscape.