McKenzie River & Cascades Tour

Rapids, recreation and relaxation

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  • 198 narration points
  • 128 miles one way + 37 miles side trip

The Together Anywhere Audio Guides is a location aware storytelling experience that takes you on an entertaining journey between Eugene and Bend in a way you have never traveled before.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, locations may not be open or have limited hours. Please, follow the state requirements and guidelines while in Oregon.

What can I see along the way?

On this tour you will learn and hear stories about the history, geology and outdoor experiences of Oregon as you travel down the McKenzie River Valley to Central Oregon, or in the opposite direction! There are many places to stop and explore but we have three suggested must-see locations:

  1. Blue Pool – One of Oregon’s most popular hikes to an ultra-blue and frigid section of the McKenzie River after it emerges from an underground journey.
  2. Sahalie Falls – A stunning and powerful waterfall just a short walk from the parking area.
  3. Sisters, Oregon – A quaint town in Central Oregon that offers western charm with stores and restaurants.

Where do I start the tour?

While you can begin the tour at any point along the drive, we suggest beginning at the Eugene, Cascades and Coast Visitors Center at the western terminus or the Visit Bend Visitors Center on the eastern terminus to have the full experience of the tour. The tour can be experienced in both directions and presents similar information as most travelers are heading in one direction towards their Oregon adventures further down the road.

How long is the tour?

The drive between Eugene and Bend, or Bend and Eugene, can be accomplished in 2.5 hours without stopping. However, most people enjoy stopping for photos, hikes, and food so the exact duration of the drive is impossible to calculate. You are the captain of this ship and we will stop with you! A seasonal side tour includes the McKenzie Pass Highway 242. While it is actually about 15 miles shorter, it can add nearly 30 minutes to the drive due to twists and turns on the road but the views at the top of the pass on a clear day do not disappoint.