The Painted Hills are dubbed one of Oregon's Seven Wonders, but what's so great about a bunch of mounds of dirt in the middle of nowhere? EVERYTHING.
Yes, to get this part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, you have to commit to a mini road trip [it's about 160-miles roundtrip from Bend to the Painted Hills]. Once you arrive, the awe-inducing rolling hills are all worth a couple of hours stuck in the car.
The color of the hills is always changing, I've heard Fall is the best time to visit for the most vibrant colors. And even on dark, cloudy day, the purples and golds really pop. If you’re lucky enough to make it to the Painted Hills at sunrise or sunset, you’ll definitely be in for a treat.