Planning a Trip
Bend is at the junction of U.S. 97, which runs north and south, and U.S. 20, which runs east to west across the state. From the Portland area, the most direct route is by way of U.S. 26 to Madras and then south on U.S. 97.
Allegiant Air, Horizon Air, and SkyWest Airlines (United Express and Delta Airlines) serve Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport, 2522 SE Jesse Butler Circle (tel. 541/548-0646, ext. 3499; www.flyrdm.com), 16 miles north of Bend. The Central Oregon Breeze (tel. 800/847-0157 or 541/389-7469; www.cobreeze.com) is a shuttle that operates between Portland and Bend, with a stop at the Redmond Airport. Round-trip tickets are $88 for adults, $78 for seniors and students. There are also taxis operating from the Redmond Airport.
Contact the Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, 917 Harriman St., Bend, OR 97701 (tel. 877/245-8484 or 541/382-8048; www.visitbend.org). You can also contact the Central Oregon Visitors Association, 661 SW Powerhouse Dr., Suite 1301, Bend, OR 97702 (tel. 800/800-8334 or 541/389-8799; www.visitcentraloregon.com).
Car rentals are available at Redmond Municipal Airport from Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Hertz. If you need a taxi, call Owl Taxi (tel. 541/382-3311).
The Sunriver Music Festival (tel. 541/593-9310; www.sunrivermusic.org) is a big classical-music binge that takes place in the first half of August. When this festival finishes up, the baton is taken up by the Cascade Festival of Music (tel. 888/545-7435 or 541/382-8381; www.cascademusic.org), which is held the last week in August and the first week in September in Drake Park.