Baker City, Oregon
2012 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ended: May 16, 2012
418 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
36 Votes - "Friendliest"
6 Votes - "Most Fun"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"
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.
Just moved to Baker and I'm looking forward to t he friendly people and the great outdoors.
Baker hosted the annual Snake River Harley D. Rally and everyone seemed to have a good time. We bought one of the many historic homes in town, near the city center with all of it's beautiful buildings.
You won't find a friendlier town.
- on June 10, 2012
- I would vote Baker City as a very beautiful small town. A town that accommodates all types of outdoor activities for the full year. A town that has some of the most diverse scenery all the way from mountains and trees with high snow peaks as well as valleys of grasslands. It does not matter which way you are traveling through the town, there is beautiful scenery to be seen.
- on May 18, 2012
I'm voting for Baker City as the most beautiful.
- on April 30, 2011
- I lived in Baker City for 4 years and still own property there. I currently live in Hawaii but my husband and I travel to Baker City every summer for a couple of weeks. Baker City is beautiful - surrounded by lovely mountains, full of historic buildings and homes - but the best part of Baker is the people. Strangers will wave a you. People go out of their way to help when needed. The friendships I have forged during my tenure there are lasting - and irreplaceable. I have never lived anywhere with the quality of people as in Baker City. Then you add the great restaurants, the lakes, the activities, etc and you have the makings of one of the best towns I have ever lived in. I have listed it as the most friendly, but it is also the most beautiful! My vote is for Baker City!
- on May 2, 2011
- Baker City has the beautiful snow cap mountains views which enhances the great winter skiing.
- on May 15, 2012