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At the junction of Highways 97 and 20. Population: 81,000. Visitor Information Center: 750 Lava Road Suite #160; Phone: (541) 788-3628; Website: www.downtownbend.org.
Bend is Central Oregon’s largest city and the hub of many vacation plans. It is known as a gateway to any sportsman’s paradise, as it nestles against the east side of the Cascade Mountains, surrounded by natural beauty. Its name is derived from a bend in the Deschutes River that flows through the city.