Visitors to the Redmond and Bend areas often find themselves planning their trips around nature. Whether it's rock climbing, hiking, skiing, or taking a scenic drive, the great outdoors is the true attraction. Smith Rock, one of the area's most frequented state parks, is a testament to Oregon's natural assets. In fact, the river-carved valleys and castle-like rock formations are crisscrossed with thousands of rock-climbing routes - enough to fill a climber's entire year.
Even those who prefer to interact with nature more as a spectator than an active participant will find enjoyment in Redmond; scenic drives through the Northwest's lush forests and historic train rides with tableside theater are too tempting to pass up. The Central Oregon region is also well-known for golf, and there are a number of dining options in the area - some Bend favorites include 900 Wall, the Pine Tavern Restaurant, and The Blacksmith.