Old Mill District

The Old Mill District is one of Bend’s most popular areas, especially for tourists. This lively 16-block neighborhood is situated along the Deschutes River and full of restaurants, shops, arts, and entertainment. The mill this district is named for opened in 1909 for lumber production. Although the mill shut down in the 1950s, many of the original brick buildings remain, converted into brewpubs, stores, and office spaces. Pop into Anthony’s Homeport Bend to enjoy fresh seafood with a river view from the patio. Or grab a beer at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, the neighborhood’s landmark located in a converted 1936 Catholic schoolhouse. During your visit, you can also catch a show at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, which hosts big-name concerts during the summer. And don’t miss the Art in Public Places sculptures dotted throughout the neighborhood. The Old Mill District has something for everyone in your group.

Downtown Bend

Historic Downtown Bend is the city’s thriving urban core. The lively atmosphere comes to life at night, when neon signs illuminate the streets. This pedestrian-friendly area along Wall and Bond Streets is home to cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops showcasing all things Bend. For some of Bend’s best tacos, margaritas, and Mexican fare, stop by Pine Tavern Restaurant Downtown. And you can’t visit Bend without going to Deschutes Brewery Public House. This popular brewpub offers craft beers like Black Butte Porter along with pub grub in a cool, converted auto garage. During the day, you’ll also find art galleries and gift shops selling work by local artisans. At night, take in improv comedy at The Capitol or live music at Silver Moon Brewing. With so much packed into just a few blocks, you’ll want ample time to explore Downtown Bend.

Northwest Crossing

On Bend’s west side lies the neighborhood of Northwest Crossing. Developed as a Traditional Neighborhood Design, this area provides a blend of residential, commercial, and recreation spaces connected by trails and parks. Though small, Northwest Crossing packs a punch with great restaurants and outdoor activities. Chow down on wood-fired pizza at Marz Community Kitchen or fresh oysters at Chow Mediterranean Bistro. Work up an appetite hiking, biking, or fishing along the Deschutes River Trail that runs through the heart of the neighborhood. Northwest Crossing is also home to the Tower Theatre. Catch indie films, concerts, lectures, and other performances at this beloved community venue. Whether you want to be active outdoors or take in a show, Northwest Crossing is a delightful neighborhood to explore.

The Westside

As its name suggests, The Westside neighborhood encompasses Bend’s western region. This is where you’ll find most of the city’s major stores, hotels, and services. One major highlight of The Westside is the Cascade Village Shopping Center. Spanning both sides of Mt. Washington Drive, it’s home to department stores, specialty boutiques, restaurants, and more. Shop national brands at Kohl’s or find something unique at Made in Oregon. Nearby museums are another reason to visit The Westside. Learn about Central Oregon’s natural environment at High Desert Museum or tour the airplanes and spacecraft at the Erickson Aircraft Collection. And families traveling with kids won’t want to miss Funland Entertainment Center for games, rides, laser tag, and mini golf. The Westside also provides easy access to outdoor recreation via the Deschutes River and Phil’s Trail network. With ample sights, activities, and amenities, The Westside is essential for any complete Bend experience.

East Bend

East Bend encompasses Bend east of 3rd Street, including several residential neighborhoods connected by Empire Avenue. It provides a quieter, more laidback experience than downtown while still offering places to eat, shop, and have fun. One highlight of East Bend is Box Factory, housed in a former wood box manufacturing facility. Today this creative hub contains art studios, shops, and eateries in a funky industrial setting. Enjoy wood-fired pizza and Oregon wine at The Lot or browse works by painters, potters, and other artists. East Bend is also home to several local breweries, like GoodLife Brewing known for its Sweet As Pacific Ale. Outdoors lovers can access miles of trails like the Deschutes River Trail from East Bend neighborhoods. And bowlers of all ages can roll strikes at the iconic Dodge Bowling Center, open since 1954. East Bend reveals a more local side of the city.

Southwest Bend

Comprising the neighborhoods south and west of Colorado Ave, Southwest Bend has a bit more of a residential character. But that doesn’t mean it lacks fantastic eateries and things to do. Colorado Avenue is home to several of Bend’s top restaurants. Sip some of the city’s best coffee at Backporch Coffee Roasters or enjoy wood-fired Mediterranean flavors at Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails. Southwest Bend also has a lively nightlife scene. Go dancing at The Summit Saloon or listen to live music at Silver Moon Brewing Co., pouring beers since 1998. During the day, you can also embark on scenic walks just steps from your charter bus. Don’t missviews of the Cascade Mountains from Pilot Butte State Park or hikes through lava beds at Lava Lands Visitor Center. And bird lovers will adore strolling through Drake Park along the river. With so many activities packed into its neighborhoods, Southwest Bend is a delight.

Southeast Bend

Conveniently located right off Highway 20, Southeast Bend provides easy access to Mount Bachelor and other Cascade Lakes while also offering plenty within the neighborhood itself. Outdoors lovers will feel right at home taking advantage of the Deschutes River access and hiking trails passing through Southeast Bend. And you can view not only the mountains but also impressive golf courses, like Widgi Creek Golf Club. After a long hike or golf game, refuel at Chow Italian Kitchen or seamless Mexican fare at Jalisco Taqueria. Southeast Bend also contains great shopping at the Old Mill District and 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, where you can enjoy a concert or comedy show with your sushi. Don’t miss checking out the art galleries and boutiques for one-of-a-kind souvenirs. The abundance of activities make Southeast Bend a go-to neighborhood for Bend visitors.

Northeast Bend

Northeast Bend refers to the part of town east of NE 27th Street, encompassing several communities like Orchard District and Larkspur. It’s one of Bend’s most quickly growing areas. This neighborhood provides a balanced experience with shopping centers, eateries, parks, and outdoor access. Find familiar stores and restaurants at The Forum Shopping Center or browse local goods at Craft Local. Northeast Bend also contains Pine Nursery Park, a community green space popular for sports and events. Nearby access to the Deschutes River Trail means you can easily fit outdoor time into your Northeast Bend exploration. And beer enthusiasts will want to grab a cold one at Crux Fermentation Project or Boneyard Beer. With suburban vibes and amenities, Northeast Bend has variety for all to enjoy.

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No matter which Bend neighborhoods speak to your group, Charter Bus Company Bend will get you there in comfort and style. Our charter bus rentals come equipped with amenities like leather seats, WiFi, TVs, and restrooms. You can sit back and relax while our experienced drivers navigate Bend’s sights. Don’t want to choose just one area? We can customize a charter bus tour to hit all of Bend’s highlights. And if you need help planning, our travel planners will provide tips and recommendations. Reach out to Charter Bus Company Bend any time at 971-915-6872 for your transportation needs in Bend and beyond. With Charter Bus Company Bend, touring Bend is easy. Our charter buses allow you to travel as a cohesive group without the headaches of traffic and parking. And you can leave the unfamiliar roads to our professional drivers. They know the city well and will provide interesting narration at various points during your travels. Let the city of Bend wow you with its unique combination of outdoor adventure, arts and culture, craft beer, and so much more. Getting around this one-of-a-kind destination is a breeze with Charter Bus Company Bend. Contact us today at 971-915-6872 to learn more or request a personalized quote. We look forward to helping your group explore the best of Bend!