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.

Tell us a bit about this town. Why do you like it? What are the best places in town? Why are you voting for it?
Beautiful scenery, Oregon hospitality at its best, Remarkable restored hotel! Nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, the area itself is beautiful. Historical restoration of the downtown area is remarkable, there is no such thing as a stranger in this town as the people wrote the book on Western hospitality! Did I mention the historical significance? Gold rush; Oregon Trail; Snake River; Chinese immigrants; just to mention a few....oh yes, Baker City is all this and more!
Reviewed by music43
on August 1, 2013
Downtown is beautiful and has great shops, galleries and restaurants. Be sure to check out Barley Brown's brew pub and Earth and Vine Art and Wine (and good food). It has a great ski area near by at Anthony Lakes (both nordic and alpine). It is a great place to live or just spend a weekend.
Reviewed by charlestracy2635
on August 1, 2013
Baker City is still the old west feel. Friendly , lots to see & do. The people of Baker County take pride in our beautiful city & valley.
Reviewed by
on July 11, 2013
Baker City, Oregon’s historic downtown is one of the largest and most intact turn of the 20th century downtowns in the Northwest. The downtown has been lovingly restored thanks to the hard work of the local Main Street program Historic Baker City Inc., and is now home to locally owned shops, restaurants and artists. One of the downtown’s most iconic buildings is the beautifully restored Geiser Grand Hotel.
Located at the intersection of 3 Oregon Scenic Byways, Baker City is surrounded by spectacular scenery and the rich gold rush and pioneer heritage of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Reviewed by tbishopcmsm
on July 10, 2013
Baker City, Oregon is a beautiful community surrounded by the majestic scenery of the Elkhorn and Wallowa mountain ranges. The restored downtown boasts more than 100 National Register historic buildings countless small shops, and restaurants, and is home to a number of annual community events including the annual Miners Jubilee celebrating the regions rich gold mining heritage. Located in arid Northeast Oregon, Baker City is surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes, and rivers ideal for hiking, fishing, camping, and biking in the summer. In the winter the surrounding mountains become a winter playground with more than 900 mile of snowmobile trails and the Anthony Lakes Ski Area offers some of the best powder skiing anywhere in the Northwest including a world class Nordic Center.
Reviewed by timothyb
on July 10, 2013
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