Fall is a great time to visit Bend. The leaves are changing, apples and pumpkins are in season, and the weather is turning nippy. While you might not feel like swimming in a freezing river, you can still enjoy almost all the great outdoor activities of summertime, while also enjoying the special activities that only happen in fall. Check out some of our favorite things to do around Bend, Oregon in the fall below!

Enjoy the Bounty of the Harvest

Fall is a great time to embrace the seasonal menus of Bend restaurants, so many of which focus on local ingredients. In fall, you’ll definitely find pumpkin everything, including Bend’s famous pumpkin beers! Sample some from different breweries; who knows? You may just find a new favorite beverage.

Another great thing to do in fall in central Oregon is to harvest your own. You’ll find a few local pumpkin patches not too far from Bend, and their season is typically in the month of October. Get your fall on with corn mazes, pony rides, and of course, pumpkins! If you’re in the mood for apples instead, you’ll have to take a day trip and venture further out of Bend. Oregon’s best produce tends to grow a little further west, but you can still plan a day out of it and enjoy some fresh apples and pears along with a very scenic drive.

View the Fall Foliage

Of course, everyone’s favorite thing to do in fall is to admire the trees as they change color. And Bend is a great place to do that! Take a hike along one of the beautiful rivers in the area, like the Deschutes or Metolius rivers, or explore the area around Tumalo Falls. These are some of the very best areas to view fall foliage. One of the perks of visiting in fall is that the trails will be less crowded than they are in summertime!

If you don’t feel like taking a walk, but still want to enjoy the colored leaves, pack a picnic and just head to a local park. Check out Pioneer Park, Drake Park, or Shevlin Park for a great spot to enjoy the scenery with your family. And of course, Bend is always a great spot for a bike ride! Head over to the Old Mill District and rent some bikes from Wheel Fun, then take a ride along the river trail. What a great way to enjoy the last of warm weather, see the sights, and get a little exercise!

Start Planning Your Fall Journey to Bend

No matter what sort of fall activities you choose to do in Bend, you’ll need a great place to stay. Do yourself a favor and get a great vacation rental from Arrived Now. You’ll get all the comfort of a hotel, with the useful amenities of a house. Make your own coffee in the morning, kick back in the living room at night; whether you prefer a quaint cottage or a spacious home, we’ve got you covered! Check out our great selection and start planning your fall journey to Bend today!