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11 Fun + Unique Tours You Have to Take in Bend, Oregon

  |  Central Oregon, Local Happenings, Neighborhood Insight

Whether you’re visiting the city for the very first time or you’ve lived here your whole life, there is no denying that Bend is a great place to be. If you’re like us, you may have exhausted your list of breweries to visitshops to peruse, and restaurants to tryand you’re looking to experience the area on a whole new level. 

If so, there are a variety of fun and unique tours in Bend, exploring everything from its caves and volcanoes to its breweries and landmarks. Plus, there are a number of exhilarating aerial tours in Central Oregon, exploring our beautiful region from the sky! 

Switch things up by booking one of these unique Bend tours to learn more about our beautiful region and experience it from a fresh perspective. 


Volcano Tours With Wanderlust Tours 

Volcano Tours With Wanderlust Tours Bend, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of Wanderlust Tours 

Wanderlust Tours has a variety of unique tours, but one of the most exciting of their offerings is their Volcano Tour, which tells the story of Central Oregon’s explosive geological history. At 6,300 feet, this journey explores a mountain of pumice and obsidian, enhanced by knowledgeable guides who will share a number of interesting facts along the way. This tour includes a combination of short, easy walks totaling just under 2 miles and lasts four hours, including 45-minute one-way transportation from the Wanderlust Tours office. 


Cog Wild Bicycle Tours is a family business focused on bringing people together for fun adventures in nature, in both Oakridge and Bend, Oregon. Their Mountain Bike Tours in Bend include a shuttle to the higher trailheads for a “gravity assisted cross country” ride, plus snacks from Picky Bars, and post-ride beverages from Deschutes Brewery and Humm Kombucha. Choose from a variety of mountain bike adventures, including a full day, half day, family tour, Wild Wednesdays, a bike and brew tour, and more. Rental bikes are available for all guided ride clients at an additional cost! 


For an action-packed adventure, book a trip with Sun Country Tours, a whitewater rafting tour company offering whitewater trips on Oregon’s best rivers. Their most popular and convenient rafting trip is the Big Eddy Thriller, which features Class III rapids. The company provides transportation to and from the river, all equipment needed, and expert guiding to make your adventure extra enjoyable and safe. The 3-mile journey will provide an unforgettable experience that you and your family will cherish all summer long. 


Owned and operated by the same folks behind Wanderlust Tours, the Bend Brew Bus is manned by professional guides with impressive knowledge of the local beer industry. The company provides a variety of different beer-centric tours, including The Local Pour, which includes samples of beer, cider and spirit tastings at three different stops. Or embark on the Brews & Views Canoe Tour for a canoe trip with local micro-brews, or duck into some caves on the Prohibition Caves Tour, which includes light appetizers and a sample flight of spirits and one mixed drink from Oregon Spirit Distillers. 


Bend Photo Tours 

Bend Photo Tours Bend, Oregon

Photo Courtesy of Toni Toreno via Bend Photo Tours 

Calling photographers of all levels! Bend Photo Tours invites you to take your photography skills to new heights with their guided and self-guided tours exploring some of the most stunning scenes in the region. If you want some assistance from an expert photographer and guide, choose from the variety of guided tours, including the Cascade Lakes Highway TourNight Photo TourCascade Range Helicopter TourSmith Rock TourDeschutes River Tour, and much more. Bend Photo Tours has partnered with Focal Point Photography if you need to borrow or buy gear to make the most of your photo adventure. 


Since 1993, Big Sky Balloon Co has been the premier balloon ride operator in Central Oregon. Their flights take off from their launch site next to Smith Rock State Park and soar above some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, including volcanic rim rock, deep river canyons, the Central Cascade Mountains, and rural farmland. After the flight, you’ll be shuttled back to the launch site to enjoy a traditional sparkling cider toast! Plan for a total time of about three hours for your hot air balloon tour, from start to finish, with a flight time of about one hour. 


eCruiser Bend City Sights & Brewery Combo Tour 

Bend Tour Company provides a wide variety of tours perfect for both locals and visitors, exploring breweries, city sights, off-road adventures, and more. Get the best of two of their most popular tours, the City Sights Tour and their Craft Brewery Tour, with this two-in-one alternative. The Bend City Sights & Brewery Combo Tour allows you to see some of the city’s best attractions and taste some of its best beer, as you’re transported around town in an open-air, eco-friendly eCruiser. 


Outriders Northwest has a variety of off-road adventures to choose from, including their most popular — the Lava Run Experience. Hop on your very own 4-seat Polaris RZR and conquer the ever-changing terrain in the Newberry National Crater. Outriders’ professional guides will lead the way through the true back country of Central Oregon, driving through winding roads and spectacular lava flows. This is the perfect option for couples, families, company outings, and individuals of all ages and abilities! 


See Central Oregon from a whole new perspective with a helicopter tour from Fly Cascades. While the company has an impressive variety of tours — like a Bigfoot & Sasquatch Tour, a Wine Tasting Tour, a City and Lava Lands Tour, and more — today, we’re zeroing in on their Real Estate Tours because we are a real estate company, after all! On these exclusive tours, luxury home buyers are paired with an experienced local broker to assist with their home search from the sky, honing in on some of the most exquisite and seldomseen properties in the region. 


Tumalo Creek Tours (Temporarily on Hold) 

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe is our trusted source for renting and purchasing watersports gear, from kayaks and canoes to paddles and life jackets. But they also offer a variety of lessons and tours to help you experience our waterways to the fullest! One of the most popular is their Half-Day Deschutes River Kayak Tour, which includes transportation to and from the river, all the gear you need, and an expert guide to ensure a fun and safe adventure. 

NOTE: Tumalo Creek Tours are currently on hold until further notice — click here for updates! 


Bend Jeep Tours (On Hold for Summer 2021 Season) 

Get your adrenaline pumping with an off-roading adventure you won’t soon forget. Bend Jeep Tours provides a sightseeing adventure via Jeep, where you’ll discover lava flows, waterfalls and a top-of-the-world view of the majestic Cascade Mountain range. This action-packed tour allows visitors and locals alike to experience our beautiful region from a new perspective — and get some incredible photos along the way! 

NOTE: Bend Jeep Tours are on hold for the summer 2021 season due to COVID. Check their Facebook page for updates about the 2022 season. 


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What exciting tour in Bend should we embark on next? Let us know in the comments below! 

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