Old West & Oregon Trail
The Old West is alive and well in Oregon’s dude ranches, small towns, rodeos, and historic Oregon Trail.
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Back through pioneer history, up through the incredible scenery. An alternative to I-84 for east-west travelers between Arlington and Baker City. Charming towns dot the route, and outdoor recreational opportunities abound along the eastern leg.
Envision yourself on the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway this season, leaving the city behind and circling majestic Mt. Hood at your own pace…
I first discovered the beautiful town of Baker City 18 years ago when I was hired to be the first director for their local Main Street revitalization program. It was the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial and locals were certain that this was the…
Covered with juniper and sagebrush and dotted with dramatic mountain ranges, this is the true frontier country, a remnant of the wild west.
Eastern Oregonians say they named it Hells Canyon to scare people away. (Not you. Other people.) If you’ve been waiting for the spring thaw to open the mountain passes, it’s time to hit the highway to Hells Canyon. Hells Canyon National…
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You can absolutely visit both the waterfalls and then make the "loop" around the mountain to visit Mt. Hood thanks to extended summer daylight hours, or if you plan on getting an early start. I would suggest taking I-84 east, then taking the Corbett exit to join the historic highway. While most people start in Troutdale, you really won't be missing any of the major sights, and this will save yo…