Though Oregon’s best known for artsy Portland, its picturesque coastline, and overcast skies, there’s so much more to the state than what’s west of the I-5 corridor. One of our favorite regions lies east of the Cascade mountains: Central Oregon. And now Inspirato members can explore it for themselves in luxe RVs with the club’s new American Road Trip Adventure experience.
Stroll (or float) the scenic city of Bend
The largest city east of the Cascades with a population just shy of 100,000, Bend is an outdoorsman’—and beer lover’s—mecca. The city hugs the foothills of the Cascades, providing ample opportunity for incredible hikes just outside the city (or even inside, like at Pilot Butte State Park). Bend also enjoys easy access to Mt. Bachelor ski resort in the winter.
Explore Smith Rock State Park
Just a half hour’s drive from Bend lies Smith Rock State Park, a quintessential high desert playground. Its scenic rock formations have played host to several movie sets, like Homeward Bound and Wild. It’s also considered the birthplace of U.S. sport climbing—and for good reason. Offering more than 2,000 routes for climbers of all abilities, the park also boasts stunning scenery.
Watch brave climbers take on Monkey Face, a landmark 350-foot spire, featuring challenging routes that aren’t for the faint of heart. And one of Smith Rock’s most famous hikes, the aptly named Misery Ridge, takes hikers up 5.5 miles through the canyon rock for a stunning view of the park and the Cascades beyond. (We promise the view is worth the effort.) There are plenty of campsites nearby to sleep overnight
Hike Around Crater Lake
From Smith Rock, this iconic Oregon landmark is a 3.5-hour drive. The deepest body of water in the U.S., Crater Lake is framed by snow-capped peaks, beckoning nature lovers from across the country for more than a century. Its cobalt blue waters are a must-see when traveling through the Pacific Northwest. The park has on-site camping accommodations available—you can also take the RV for a spin around the lake’s rim to take in the stunning views.
A tip for the intrepid: The Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only one in the park that offers direct access to the lake itself. Dropping 700 feet in just over a mile, the trail’s worth the trek: a refreshing (and maybe a little chilly) dip in the water await.