Seventy-five miles east of Bend, the Painted Hills offer 3,132 acres of sublimely photographable hills, glowing with soft reds, golds, and greens. Short hikes and picnic spots make for a nice driving break.
The Kam Wah Chung Museum is one of the best reasons to stop in the town of John Day. Take a tour of the former store and apothecary of Lung On and Ing Hay for a rare glimpse into the lives of the thousands of Chinese who came to southeastern Oregon during the late 1800s in search of gold.
Crystal Crane hot springs is a great place to stop if you’re heading from Burns over to East Steens Road. Opt for the outdoor spring reservoir and paddle around with the ducks in a pond of 100+ degree water.
Settling into the Diamond Hotel on a warm summer night is like chicken soup for the traveler’s soul. Not to mention the hearty meals that will have you sleeping like a baby, ready to face the morning bright, early, and full of spright.