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 is surrounded by mountains, snow covered peaks shining in the sun, It is a beautiful "Oregon Trail" town with people who are warm, friendly and willing to do what ever has to be done. It is small enough that one can walk almost any where in town, the population has worked together to restore the historic significance of the city and support our youth in all their activities. Those raised here significantly return here in late July for High school and family reunions. Fresh air, four seasons and joy joy joy.
Reviewed by geej
on September 17, 2012
I love Baker. It has been a beautiful place to visit and live and an easy place to get involved.
Reviewed by shemcarlson
on September 17, 2012
Baker City's alpine valley setting, dotted with farms and ranches, and its historically rich downtown architecture, make it a Disney-esque surprise along the Oregon Trail. Dramatic seasonal changes in this "Tree City, USA" offer new scenic backdrops year-round, as does the weather--- rainbows, dry lightening shows, quiet veils of snow, 'silver thaws', brilliant high desert sun, and a million stars in the night sky.
I have been to many of the world's most beautiful places, but Baker City is the place that I chose to live and raise my family. It still takes my breath away.
Reviewed by eburton
on September 17, 2012
Wonderful place to bond with nature and get away from all the hustle and bustle.
Reviewed by rkirby
on September 17, 2012
Baker City is near my hometown of North Powder, Oregon. Absolutely gorgeous town, rich history, all nestled inbetween two gorgeous mountain ranges. Making this high desert town the best in the west!
Reviewed by jon2calhoun
on September 17, 2012
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