Find the spirit of the Wild West when you explore things to do in Pendleton
Set in the heart of Eastern Oregon at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Radisson Hotel Pendleton Airport puts you close to plenty of exciting things to do, such as attending the annual Pendleton Round-Up in September. Just 10 minutes from the hotel, you can spend a morning in the intriguing Pendleton Underground or see rodeo greats at the Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame. Afterward, grab lunch and a draft from a local brewery or our on-site restaurant before strolling down the city’s peaceful riverwalk. Traveling with kids? They’ll love the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon or the outdoor Roy Raley Ice Rink in winter. For an outing with colleagues, you can head to Wildhorse Casino or the Golf Course at Birch Creek.
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McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge6.63 mi / 10.67 km from the hotel
One of the region’s few wetlands, this 1,800-acre park is an important refuge for migratory birds and endangered species. You can hike, hunt, and fish in the McKay Reservoir, and if you’re lucky, you may see ospreys, eagles, or mule deer.
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute8.81 mi / 14.17 km from the hotel
Learn about the unique experiences of the native Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla tribes at this museum on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where you can take in tribal folklore and displays of beautiful artwork and crafts.
Heritage Station Museum2.84 mi / 4.56 km from the hotel
Housed in a 1909 train depot in downtown Pendleton, the Umatilla County Historical Society offers archives, presentations, and indoor and outdoor exhibits tracing the county’s history. The museum also offers family events regularly.
Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame2.37 mi / 3.81 km from the hotel
Even if you can’t attend the annual Round-Up, you can get a glimpse of the fun at this commemorative museum honoring the rodeo’s history and contestants—both human and animal.
Wildhorse Casino8.19 mi / 13.19 km from the hotel
This casino not only offers traditional thrills like slot machines, poker, and keno but also features family fun thanks to a cineplex, bowling lanes, arcades, and live concerts. To enjoy some sunshine, tee off at the award-winning Wildhorse Golf Course.
Pendleton Convention Center2.19 mi / 3.52 km from the hotel
Attend trade shows, sporting events, and celebrations at one of Eastern Oregon’s top venues. The center sits right next door to the Pendleton Round-Up Stadium in the heart of downtown.
Pendleton Underground Tour2.8 mi / 4.5 km from the hotel
A window into the darker side of Western history, this unique tunnel system was built to shield Chinese workers from intense discrimination during the 1800s. View restored underground businesses and learn more of how immigrant labor helped build the West.
Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon2.84 mi / 4.57 km from the hotel
Full of hands-on exhibits, this museum will keep kids and their accompanying adults occupied for hours. You can host a tea party, explore the magnetorium, or be a firefighter for a day. Check out the schedule for special events as well.
Pendleton Air Museum2.79 mi / 4.49 km from the hotel
Commemorating the Pendleton Army Air Base, this small museum preserves records and artifacts of the base’s World War II–era history and the many service members who spent time there.
Pendleton Woolen Mills3.37 mi / 5.42 km from the hotel
Still in operation and owned by Pendleton Wool’s founding family, this textile mill has been making woolen goods with a Southwestern flavor since 1909. Take a tour of the factory, and then visit the on-site gift shop to purchase premium goods.
Golf Course at Birch Creek8.67 mi / 13.95 km from the hotel
One of the area’s top-rated fairways, this 18-hole course promises a relaxing outing with amazing views of the Blue Mountains. You can hone your swing in the practice facilities and enjoy a post-game drink or meal at the restaurant and bar.
Pendleton River Parkway3.74 mi / 6.03 km from the hotel
Enjoy some quiet time in nature and the great view of Pendleton’s major sites when you walk or bike this 2.5-mile paved path along the picturesque Umatilla River. The trail passes by several parks where you can stop for a picnic.