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.

Baker City is a great place to visit because there is so much to see can see so much of Eastern Oregon-all in one trip!
Reviewed by sumpter
on September 17, 2012
I grew up in this town. My dad still lives there along with many of my great friends. I miss it there. I come back just to be able to regroup my mind. It is the best place to regroup. It always has been peaceful, beautiful, and majestic. I love Baker City, OR.
Reviewed by CarmenODonnellMooney
on September 17, 2012
Baker City, the best in everything!
Reviewed by jonnybera69
on September 17, 2012
Baker City is in a big valley, surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains anywhere in the world. The downtown area has almost all been restored to it's original appearance, making Baker City one of the nicest downtown areas anywhere in small town America. It is clean and fresh and has trees planted along Main Street which makes it feel homey and friendly, like a neighborhood instead of a business district. There is a wonderful parkway along the Powder River so that anyone can walk their children or their or just themselves and enjoy the water, not just the folks that live along the river. Baker City is located in a high mountain desert climate, but yet has enormous amounts of greenery all over town. A big part of the beauty of this town comes from within. It's the kind of place that will find you with an immediate offer of help in a crisis. If you have a house fire, by morning, you will have a great deal of the clothing and household items you need, there will be a fund to help set up at at least one local bank and jars on the counter of every neighborhood store in town..That's because Baker City still takes care of it's own. The people there still go to the high school football and basketball games to root for their team, every year, not just the year they might be doing well. They still put up decorations on the street lights at Christmas, and have a series of public activities for both the pleasure of it's people and to raise funds to help those in need. If you show up there with honorable intentions you will be welcomed with open arms. Your children can still play down the street at the neighbors with a reasonable assurance of safety. If you forget to stop the local paper when you leave town, your neighbors will pull it from the box and save it for you, not recognize it as a sign of your absence and take advantage of that to steal your computer. And if things look amiss while you are gone they will most likely notice and take some appropriar
Reviewed by mcns
on September 17, 2012
We have been here many times and it is a fun town with lots to do and see!
Reviewed by bobbie
on September 17, 2012
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