The day we dropped my parents back off at the airport was one of the first days where we really weren’t sure what direction we were heading next. We had to be in northern coastal California by the end of the weekend and knew we wanted to hit up Crater Lake National Park before then, but we really weren’t sure whether we wanted to head back to the Oregon coast for a few days or stay inland and go through Bend, OR. I had travelled coastal Oregon previously, and it is, without a doubt, a gorgeous drive with adorable seaside towns and lots of outdoor activities (including some amazing sand dunes to explore near Florence, OR), but we had heard some pretty awesome things about Bend and all it had to offer. We even heard it likened to Asheville, NC, one of our favorite cities back east. So as we were pulling away from the Portland airport, we made the split second decision to continue SE to Bend and see what the fuss was all about.