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.

It's an amazing town with wonderful people and a great place to live!
Reviewed by GloriaMiller
on September 17, 2012
The best of city life and country meet in Baker City. Surrounded by towering snow capped mountains and full of history. It is really a magical place where you can step back in time and live life a little slower.
Reviewed by CyFacchini
on September 17, 2012
great place to raise kids, dont have to worry about them walking around town.The people are pretty friendly.
Reviewed by lucy
on September 17, 2012
I went through school in Baker City (then just Baker) 1964 through 1971. It was a great place to be a kid, my brother and I had total freedom to do as we wished all summer long. We tubed the Powder River, climbed The Hill and Coyote Peak, and spent hot afternoons at the high school pool when we could round up the 50 cent admission.
During the school year we walked to school no matter what the weather was like and on weekends went to the movies at the Eltrym Theater if we could drum up the 50 cent admission.
Once or twice a winter we went sledding up on Marble Creek Road, where there was always someone with a big truck to haul us to the top so we could zoom down, using our bodies to negotiate the 2 switchback corners. At the bottom of the run there was a huge community fire for drying off and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.
Baker City has changed in some ways, stayed just the same in others. It's still beautiful, friendly and a great place for kids to be kids!
Reviewed by RandySandknop
on September 17, 2012
I loved growing up in Baker City. It's a great little town.
Reviewed by KelleyJY
on September 17, 2012
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