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The tiny town of Sisters, Oregon, sure has a big personality. With a population of just under 3,000 people, this quaint town with an Old West charm is located in Central Oregon, about a three-hour drive from Portland and just a twenty-minute drive from Bend. In the heart of Sisters Country, this destination offers picturesque views, a wide range of outdoor activities in all seasons, and, most importantly, a friendly vibe from the locals who greet visitors and neighbors alike with a warm smile and fast friendship.


Here are all the details on this delightfully charming town that will have you throwing on a cowboy hat and making new friends.

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The Seasons In Sisters: Cold Winters, Hot Summers

Although the winters in Sisters are very, very cold, with it rarely getting warmer than 40 degrees and often hovering in the 20s, summers make up for all the chill. The average temperature in the summer in Sisters is a delightful 83 degrees, but bring your sweater because, at night, it can get all the way down to the 40s. That’s because it’s located in Oregon’s high desert region. With a backdrop of the Cascade Mountains’ snowy white peaks, Sisters is enveloped by the endless green Willamette National Forest to its west and the Deschutes National Forest to its south. Surrounded by so much unique geographic beauty, Sisters has something extraordinarily rare for the Pacific Northwest: it's officially classified as a Mediterranean Climate.

With all this beautiful weather and wide open spaces, there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy here.

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Get Out In The Great Outdoors

Sisters is renowned for its stunning scenic vistas, so it only makes sense that people flock here to take get out and experience all mother nature has to offer. Here are some of the most popular activities for locals and visitors alike:

  • Hiking Black Butte Mountain: A popular local hike located just outside of Sisters, hiking Black Butte trail is an intermediate 4-mile out-and-back hike that has an elevation gain of 1,555 feet. With the summit at 6,436 feet, hikers enjoy the gorgeous views of the surrounding Cascades.
  • Canyon Creek Meadows Loop Hike: This moderately challenging trail is a 7.5-mile loop with an elevation gain of 1,560 feet. Considered family-friendly and thus quite a popular trail, Canyon Creek Meadows Loop offers hikers a varied trail as it passes through colorful meadows, scenic waterfalls, and several creeks. With a view of Three Fingered Jack, this trail is not to be missed.
  • Mountain Biking: One of the most popular activities in Sisters is mountain biking, and there are plenty of local trails for beginners and experts alike, like the Peterson Ridge Loop and the Suttle Lake Loops trail.
  • Cool off in a local lake: There are several nearby lakes to go for a swim in, with the most popular being Suttle Lake and the popular local swimming hole Scout Lake. The summer days here can get hot, and these lakes are a popular way to cool off!

There are so many exciting adventures to be had in Sisters, with visitors able to create memorable moments every day.

Old West Charm

Travelers visit Sisters, Oregon, not only for the outdoor activities but for the unique charm its people have to offer. The folks in Sisters aren't just pleasant; they are extraordinarily friendly, seemingly going out of their way to make sure you are having the best day possible. There are no strangers in Sisters. Every person you meet becomes your friend. Every time you stop and ask for directions, you get pointed in the right direction--plus a recommendation for the best fishing spot near town and the best restaurant to enjoy a beer afterward. It is simply one of the friendliest places in America, and a visit here means you never really leave it behind.

One of the most popular community activities here is the annual Sisters Rodeo. Held every year on the second weekend of June, this lively event brings out the cowboys and all those who enjoy the thrill of horses. Aptly nicknamed "the biggest little show in the world," the Sisters Rodeo is a must-see that turns this tiny town into a three-day western party.

Of course, no visit to Sisters would be complete without experiencing its world-famous quilt show. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is a celebration of this unique tapestry of art when over 1,400 quilts are hung up throughout the town for visitors to admire the beauty and joy of these remarkable works of art. Held annually every July, this renowned event sees thousands of visitors every year enjoy the quilts without any competitions or judging panels, as it is simply an opportunity to appreciate a town transformed by so many styles and varieties of colorful quilts.

With all the beauty its location is surrounded by and the friendly charm of its people, visitors to Sisters, Oregon, are sure to feel a sense of immediate belonging. Whether travelers come here to adventure outdoors or to experience the many renowned events it hosts, everyone who visits is sure to be determined to get to know their neighbors a little better and come away from it feeling a little more optimistic about the world we live in.