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.

I grew up in Baker City. It is one of the few towns you will find with no gangs, minimal crime, and an overall safe feeling. It is surrounded by mulitple mountain ranges, making it an excellent location for recreating year-round.
Reviewed by AndreaDominguez
on September 17, 2012
Baker City is a very clean and picturesque town. It is located on east side of the state in the valley between the rugged Elkhorn Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains.
Reviewed by seemakaur
on September 17, 2012
I've lived in Baker City for the past 10 years - it's a fantastic place to raise kids, a very friendly community with low crime rate and glorious views in every direction.
Reviewed by Sunny
on September 17, 2012
The classic old country-home town! No Name City, where you can "Paint Your own Wagon"
Reviewed by BakerCityRealty
on September 17, 2012
I like that it's situated between two sawtooth mountain ranges. The Elkhorns and the Wallowas. Plus, it's a very pedestrian, and bicycle friendly layout. Business owners take pride in keeping the downtown look great.
Reviewed by dogbri
on September 17, 2012
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