If you're looking for an amazing, spectacular place to visit that boasts natural beauty and urban attractions, Eastern Oregon is a clear choice.
This region is the home of remarkable natural beauty; the place where the Cascades tower majestically, and the famous 1,078-mile long Snake River flows.
It is the home of the Oregon Trail routes to Willamette Valley from the 1840s through the 1860s, it signaled progress for the entire Pacific Northwest and the Western States. Unlike so many other areas, its history is not buried in the pages of books; it's all around you, the moment you set foot in the splendid area.
Why Eastern Oregon is Special
On the map, this region ranges from snowy alpine mountain tops and clear-running rivers to vast desert lands dotted with atmospheric ghost towns, and hills of primeval fossil beds lying in between. At its heart is the famous Oregon Trail, brimming with historical character. All of Oregon is magnificent, but its Eastern region holds an especially magical quality.
Its prevailing pace is that of slow appreciation for each moment. There's no fast-clip, big city "FOMO" (fear of missing out) amongst its residents and visitors. It's a place to savor, enjoy, and experience.
Things to Do in Eastern Oregon
This area covers a lot of ground. It's not like visiting a single town. Its regions include small towns Baker City, Burns, Pendleton, John Day, La Grande, Ontario, and Jordan Valley. There are also major industries including timber, agriculture, and tourism - and speaking of tourism, here are several wonderful things to do when you're in Eastern Oregon.
Scale Many Mountains
See the most amazing mountains in the world, all in one concentrated area! Pine and juniper forests cover up to 35% of the region, and they can be seen in the ranges that include the Blue Mountains, Wallowa Mountains, Strawberry Mountains, Ochoco Mountains, and Steens Mountain.
Enjoy Spectacular Skiing
Anthony Lakes is the largest ski resort in the area and has consistently great snow thanks to its high elevation. There are cross country trails and slopes for all levels of expertise.
The annual Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race takes place in The Wallowas - this brisk, remote area is actually a hotbed of dog racing! The event is Oregon's one and only Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifier. The Wallowas are a subregion of Eastern Oregon and are one of the "7 Wonders" of the state. This stunning area was once the home of the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Indians, led by Chief Joseph.
Hike the Oregon Trail
The one and only Oregon Trail is a 2,200-mile historic large-wheeled wagon-route and emigrant trail that connects the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. Now the National Historic Trail, tourists can get guided tours, camp, and enjoy the many activities offered along the way.
Eastern Oregon is an amazing, spectacular place like no other. It must be seen to be believed, so make it a point to come out and see all that Eastern Oregon has to offer.