This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bend. To help you make friends with Bend before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Bend is an oasis for adventurists and backpackers of all kinds. It may be the best place to ski, hike, raft, and camp in all of the Northwest!
Bend is located in part of the Cascade Mountains and Cascade Lakes, and the city itself is best known for its natural beauty and activities. While staying in a Bend hostel, make sure you take advantage of all the city has to offer. Bend is home to Mount Bachelor, an excellent place for skiing and snowboarding. If you prefer hiking, try Pilot Butte, which is actually an extinct volcano (the United States only has three extinct volcanoes within city limits, and Pilot Butte is one of them). Rafting down Sun River is a surefire way to see the natural landscape that Bend offers. Bend also offers many locations that are ideal for biking and camping, such as Newberry National Volcanic Monument. For more relaxed activities, you can visit the Tower Theater, the High Desert Museum, or Deschutes Brewery.
While it is the largest city in Central Oregon, there are just now starting to be hostels in Bend. But you can guarantee that Bend hostels will reflect the city's ideals of friendly service and easy access to numerous activities and natural wonders. Bend is a great place for backpackers to visit, and it's easy to get there! Choose to take the highway, the bus, or fly in to the Bend Municipal Airport.
Written by local enthusiast for Bend hostelsJessica Lippe