cascade lakes highway iconAre you ready to hit the road and see the beauty of Bend and Central Oregon? But, like myself, for physical reasons you can’t really go hiking or cycling as much as you would want? On this page we will describe some scenic drives you can take that will enable you to see the beauty of Central Oregon with a minimum of walking.

The Central Oregon area is almost unmatched when it comes to beautiful scenery, from Smith Rock, the Deschutes River, Tumalo Falls, the Lava Cast Forest, Lake Billy Chinook and the Cove Palisades State Park and much, much more. Just because you cannot go hiking does not mean you cannot enjoy the beauty Oregon has to offer.

So grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydro Flask and let’s hit the road and see some of the beautiful scenery that Oregon has to offer for those who prefer to drive!

The Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway

One of the most traveled highways in Central Oregon, and a must see drive if you are visiting the area, the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, or more commonly known as the Cascade Lakes Highway, is probably one of the roads in Central Oregon that we have driven most often. Why? Because there are just so many beautiful places to stop and hike, or just to just enjoy the beauty that is Central Oregon.

The McKenzie-Santiam Scenic Byway loop scenic drive in Central Oregon

Are you looking for a beautiful scenic drive in Central Oregon? Check out the The McKenzie-Santiam Scenic Byway loop. The McKenzie-Santiam Scenic Byway loop will take you through some of Oregon’s most beautiful scenery, some of the best views of Central Oregon’s ancient lava flows and volcanoes, and you will see beautiful old-growth forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers on this drive as well.

Drive to the Metolius River @ the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery

Drive to Chimney Rock & the Lower Crooked River

Take a drive to Oregon’s beautiful Crater Lake National Park