Fishing Vacation

Bend

Keep expectations realistic when traveling to this trouter's paradise among the sage, junipers, and pines. Schedule less than several days, or try to get away without seeing the High Desert Museum, and the family might send you home alone. With a quarter of the rainfall that gives Portland its soggy reputation, the Bend area rivals Disney's theme parks for sheer concentration of attractions, except that here, they're mostly natural, from volcanoes to world-class trout waters. Base at a resort or a Deschutes National Forest campground. Ski Mount Bachelor in the morning, paddle rapids in the afternoon, and still have time to cast for trout during the evening rise. But build in time to decide among staggering choices of lakes or mountain streams within an hour's drive. 800-905-2363; www.visitbend.org.