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 has a strong arts community and is located in the expansive Baker Valley, nestled against the base of the Elkhorn Mountains with a distant view of the Wallowa Mountains. We have big sky, beautiful sunsets, tons of outdoor activities, miles and miles of backroads to explore, a lovely historic downtown district, a great museum and many friendly locals. As a photographer I am always finding something new to point my camera at!
Reviewed by iriewoman
on September 17, 2012
Baker City, complete w/ the Geiser Grant Hotel, is extremely beautiful.
Reviewed by Anna
on September 17, 2012
Beautiful town and friendly people
Reviewed by Minden
on September 17, 2012
After a long drive, heading west, on the highway, you reach a point on the road where you see the peaks of the snow capped Elkhorn's framed by the foothills, and you think "I'm Home." It doesn't matter if you still live in Baker City, that thought will always cross your mind. A bit later you crest the hill and see the expanse of the valley, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Mountains, the green trees that line the streets, and the farmland with cattle and horses grazing, the new mown hay giving a sweet fragrance to the air and you "know" you've come home.
Reviewed by blueadder
on September 17, 2012
I love this place! If you get a chance to visit downtown, go see Cody's General Store!!
Reviewed by DonnaLynn
on September 17, 2012
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