Baker City, Oregon


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

528 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
21 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Fun"


In Baker City’s second year running for Most Beautiful we saw even more of what this quaint small town has to offer. While the Geiser Grand Hotel is still a main attraction with its historic building, trade mark clock tower, and highly acclaimed food, our visit included the Adler House, Thomas Angus Ranch, Sumpter Valley Railroad and Oregon Trail Interpretive Center as well.

The Leo Adler House Museum explores the life of a Baker City philanthropist from the 1800s with tours, art, and dining on site. The Oregon Trail and Sumpter Valley Railroad also take visitors back in time to re-live westward expansion and gold country both with interactive offerings.

Thomas Angus Ranch raises cattle beneath the Elkhorn Mountains with real cowboys wrangling cattle and a party barn. Visitors may also enjoy fly fishing locally or attending community events like the annual Wooden Bat Tournament, We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival, Music in the Meadow or one of several rodeos.

Baker City’s also a prime location to view wildlife, particularly elk, whether on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway or a guided tour. Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market, Heritage Museum, Brownlee Reservoir or the downtown walking tour while in town. For more on what Baker City offers see their reviews.

The Baker City Historic District is just rich with gorgeous architecture, friendly shopkeepers make it fun to explore. Best place is the Geiser Grand Hotel, right in the middle of the district, it has world class food, even a happy hour in the 1889 Saloon; defiinitley the place you want to stay
Reviewed by GingerW
on September 17, 2012
If you haven't had the pleasure to visit Baker City, then you have missed out on one of Oregon's best kept secrets. A town rich in history from the gold rush days, a town full of civic pride and lead by a group that really cares about one of the cleanest, well kept communities in the great state of Oregon. Please take the time to plan a trip to beautiful Baker city. Winter or summer there is always something to do. The surroundings areas offer places to fish, hunt, ski, swim, ride snowmobiles, hike, horseback rides or just enjoy the beauty of the area. A chance to take a step back in time away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more commercial areas.
Reviewed by bbarnett
on September 17, 2012
This town has some beautiful old buildings, friendly community and a great brew pub!
Reviewed by lnimmo
on September 17, 2012
Moved away when I graduated from High School and came back 20 years later. I am fifth generation living here. There is no other place called home.
Reviewed by wayne
on September 17, 2012
The scenery here is out of this world! It doesn't take long to be able to take a small trip to see the beautiful mountains and wildlife...and the buildings are very well maintained, you get an unforgettable historic feeling with the friendliest people here.
Reviewed by maggiee12
on September 17, 2012
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