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, left for college and spent the next 17 years trying to figure out how to make a living so I could bring my family back to the beautiful Baker Valley. An incredibly restored downtown Historic District, a Mayberry like atmosphere for raising kids, and within an hour of my front door nearly any outdoor activity you could imagine! All of this without the pretense or high cost of living associated with other similar areas like McCall or Sun Valley, ID and Jackson, WY. But beware....No Walmart either ;)!
Reviewed by lxeros
on September 17, 2012
The people in Baker City are friendly and welcoming, and the beauty of the town is in the rich history which has been preserved.
Reviewed by Debbers
on September 17, 2012
One of the most beautiful places around. Nice people, a wonderful location and a great break from the rat race!
Reviewed by dcallaha
on September 17, 2012
I was born and raised here, and feel so blessed to be able to raise my children in such a beautiful, and friendly town.
Reviewed by jnb541
on September 17, 2012
Home base for the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally. Second Friday in June. Super friendly people welcome bikers to their town and show everyone a really good time.
Reviewed by SteveF
on September 17, 2012
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