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Central Oregon boasts a beautiful natural landscape, and when you see it for the first time you can’t be blamed if you think you’re looking at a painting—it’s that beautiful. Sunriver has its fair share of that natural beauty as well. And when you find yourself in Sunriver with only three days to cover the whole city, don’t panic. You can use this guide of the best of Central Oregon to help you plan your vacation and make the most out of that short vacation.

Oregon Observatory

Stargazing is more than a hobby. For some people, it’s a passion, and when you head over to the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver, you’ll understand why. The fresh air, the clear skies, and lack of pollution make for an exquisite stargazing experience. But this is not an ordinary observatory either; it has the largest collection of telescopes for your sole enjoyment. Events vary according to the time and place of the celestial bodies. There are some viewing events during the day, while others can only be enjoyed at night. Admission fee is $10 for adults and $8 for kids.

Sunriver Nature Center

It goes without saying that one of the main reasons you chose Sunriver as your vacation destination is the beautiful outdoors. If that’s the case, you’ll feel right at home at Sunriver Nature Center. The Center has animal stations that you can visit and explore. Birds and reptiles have a special place in the Center. There are programs and family tours that educate and entertain the whole family. You can also explore the nearby wetlands in guided tours. Admission fees are $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

This attraction is not open all year round but is one of the best of Central Oregon. It’s a seasonal attraction open between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. The exhibits and interactive displays teach you about a major volcanic eruption that occurred around 6,100 years ago. Its impact on the area was so severe that it changed the whole ecosystem. You also get to visit the Lava River Cave.

High Desert Museum

Staying outdoors, the High Desert Museum has some amazing artifacts to show you. It traces life back to the time of the first immigrants who settled in these lands and what their daily life was like. It wasn’t easy, as you’ll find out for yourself. This is one of the best of central Oregon attractions that exists.

The Best of Central Oregon is Found in Sunriver!

For more information about the attractions of Sunriver and to book your stay in Central Oregon, call us today!