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 outstanding!
Reviewed by WFO
on September 17, 2012
This town is so beautiful and the people are so friendly. It's a great place to visit and live.
Reviewed by natalieanne84
on September 17, 2012
Baker City, Oregon is a beautiful small town in Northeast Oregon, surrounded by the Elkhorn Mountains and the Wallowa’s the town sits in the beautiful Baker Valley. The Historic downtown has over 100 historic buildings that have been preserved including such gems as the historic Geiser Grand Hotel and the Carnegie Library which is now home to the Carnegie Crossroads Art Center. The town bustles with activity with special events throughout the year including numerous special events such as the Miner’s Jubilee, Christmas Parade, Fall Festival and numerous parades. On Friday evenings you can tour the historic downtown and surrounding historic neighborhoods by horse drawn carriage (sleigh in the winter). The surrounding countryside boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere and it’s easy to explore since three Oregon Scenic Byways connect here including the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. Truly one of the most beautiful towns you’ll find anywhere.
Reviewed by Dawnb
on September 17, 2012
Love Baker City. I was raised here and after attending school moved back to raise my family here. The mountains surround us and provide summer and winter activities for the locals.
Reviewed by jackiadams
on September 17, 2012
Baker City is a truly authentic and jaw-droppingly beautiful town thriving in eastern Oregon alongside the still visible ruts of the Oregon Trail. The grandeur of the century old buildings in historic Baker City will captivate your sense of discovery as soon as you turn onto Main Street. Once you step out of your vehicle or off your motorbike and into any one of the independent business, you'll realize that the American dream still lives and thrives in 'mom and pop' shops downtown. This picturesque mining town still has bustling, well stocked and vitally current independent book, music, home and kitchen, wine and specialty food, sports and fashion stores as well as fabulous pub and fine dining establishments. The streets are wide, clean and very bike friendly and the valley is surrounded by the Elkhorn Mountains to the west and the Eagle Caps to the northeast. Just an hours drive from scenic Hells Canyon, waist deep powder snow at Anthony Lakes and lots of fishing, hiking and riding trails Baker City will be one of the most beautiful towns you decide to stop and choose to stay in!
Reviewed by bellabev
on September 17, 2012
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