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We recommend the Olympic Inn as a decent place to spend the night in Klamath Falls – its also close to Route 97 that will hug the Rogue and Deschutes Rivers most of the pleasant 2 – 3 hour ride.  This route is exceptionally scenic – by this point of the trip, we were a bit spoiled but not jaded mind you.

 

 

Day 7: Route 97 hugs Upper Klamath Lake’s eastern rim for nearly 25 miles, then the Rogue River flows out of it and follows the road for a while.  You next drive through the Fremont and Deschutes National Forests.  At Winema, the Deschutes River begins hugging the road for the rest of the ride to Bend. 

 

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Mount McLaughlin and Mount Lassen are two grand sights from 97.

 

 

Bend is noted for its outstanding water, a key ingredient in beer production.  Bend’s local brewers are crafting many wonderful smooth beers and ales. 

 

 

Bend is a very well planned municipal area – liberal use of roundabouts keeps traffic flowing – each traffic calmer is adorned with an attractive metal sculpture – public art is virtually everywhere.  The Deschutes flows through the heart of the city and lends to the city’s image of a place for outdoor activities.  Downtown commerce takes place a stones throw from the river – many people live along it – citizens are walking or biking trails adjacent to the river. 

 

 

The Bend Riverside Inn is an attractive and comfortable motel to spend the night – the outdoor patio is one of the best in the city.

 

Rafting the Deschutes is popular.

 

Downtown Bend has many fine retail shops for tourist needs and a number of excellent cafes, brew pubs and grills, fine restaurants and bars. 

 

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The Pine Tavern is 80 years old and a nice place for food or beverage.

 

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We had dinner and craft beers brewed on the premises at the Deschutes Brewery & Public House. 

 

The next morning, Day 8, we will drive the sixth and final leg – from Bend to The Dalles and back to Portland.