Oregon Bucket List ~ Central Region

Today’s Oregon region brings us to the center of the state and focuses on the city of Bend and the surrounding area.


  • Deschutes National Forest: Check out the Todd Lake Loop Trail.
  • Deschutes River Trail: Explore Benham and Dillon Falls along this walking path.
  • High Desert Museum: Exhibits display the birds and wildlife that live in the lava landscape.
  • Newberry National Volcanic Monument: Learn about the area’s volcanic past and enjoy a nice vista of Paulina Peak.
  • Pilot Butte: Old volcano you can climb within city limits.

Fort Rock

  • Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum: Explore abandoned homesteads at this outdoor museum.


  • Crooked River National Grassland: Offers several hiking trails and standout landmarks of the Peninsula and the Island.


  • Sherars Falls: Watch some of the local tribe fish for salmon on platforms below the falls.


  • Smith Rock State Park: Beautiful rock park that is a favorite for rock climbers.
  • Steelhead Falls: Another set of falls to explore.

Warm Springs

  • Museum at Warm Springs: First tribal museum in the state of Oregon.

All attractions found in the 2019 Oregon and Central Oregon Visitor Guides.


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