18. Bend, Oregon
Why go: Less than 200 miles from Portland’s rainy climate is a snow bum’s paradise on Mt. Bachelor, a stratovolcano that has a perfect conical shape for skiing. On the mountain, the ski resort’s 3,100 acres gets an average of 400 inches of snow each year. The town itself is also home to 48 miles of recreational trails, not including the Bend Ale Trail. Fun fact: Bend has more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon. Take a tour of Deschutes’ production facility, then grab a pint at the original brewpub downtown. Smith Rock State Park is less than an hour away. It’s a top-notch rock-climbing destination with 14,000 climbing routes open all year.
Where to stay: The 221-room Riverhouse on the Deschutes is one of the few properties right along the Deschutes River. Unsurprisingly, the river views are excellent, as is the central location—about five minutes north of downtown and 30 from the mountains.
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