THE CASCADE LAKES SCENIC BYWAY
Refer to National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways. Page 433
We took one of the rides in the book I reviewed a little back, the National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways. This one is called the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. It runs from Bend, OR to Sunriver, on Oregon Hwy. 372. We took the road in the reverse order than the book, which is a little like reading a map upside down. The book gives a running narrative of the trip, so if you start at the end you reverse what you are seeing. It sounds easy but not so. I’m always trying to figure out where we are in comparison to the book.
Anyway… it was a rainy, overcast day in May. Many of the lakes require hiking in so we didn’t see a whole lot except the river, pine trees and an empty highway. If you are interested in seeing lava flows this is the ride for you. There are a multitude of National Forest Campgrounds as well. Most are designed for small trailers and tents but several we rode through had large sites that would fit our 35′ rig. If you are wanting to take a large rig into the back country and are traveling north through Central Oregon this road might be a good choice for you. It would be helpful to have someone scout out each campground through before taking your big rig in. Some are pretty tight.
We then went to the High Desert Museum outside of Bend. They have a gift shop, a snack & lunch restaurant and several inside exhibits. One is on life in Bend the the late 1800’s and the other is on Oregon breweries. Outside they have an animal exhibit and a reconstruction of an old sawmill and homestead. It would be a great place to take a school group, or children if visiting the area.
High Desert Museum – Inside Exhibits
Beautiful outside art at high desert museum