La Grande, Oregon

 

Early emigrants following the Oregon Trail passed through our picturesque valley and rested at the present-day site of La Grande before climbing the Blue Mountains toward their dreamlands in the Willamette Valley.

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Area Attractions
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Leave the fast pace and fenced-in views of Interstate 84 and follow the contours of the land into slower times and wilder places..
Elkhorn Scenic Byway

Elkhorn Scenic Byway
This 106-mile loop takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains, gold-mining ghost-towns and along elegant lakes and rivers.

Columbia Gorge Discover CenterHike the Steens Mountains
Explore the Steens Mountain with this easy hike. There are three short paths that lead to viewpoints of Kiger Gorge, the East Rim, and Steens Summit.
Anthony LakeHike Anthony Lake
Just as beautiful, but more accessible than the more famous Wallowa Mountains nearby, the Elkhorn Range boasts craggy granite peaks and high alpine lakes surrounded by wildflowers.
Eagle CapClimbing Eagle Cap
This 9,572-foot hike to the hub of the Wallowa Mountains is not for the weary. This is a great two-day hike to the summit or a beautiful, shorter day hike, if you prefer.world.
Nearby Lodging
Historic Union HotelThe Historic Union Hotel
Experience one of our 16 themed rooms, each uniquely decorated to beautifully depict the character of it's name and the lifestyle of it's design. Relaxation is our key goal at the Union Hotel.
Rodeway Inn in La Grande
This hotel is minutes from the Eastern Oregon Fire Museum, Eastern Oregon University and the Union County Fairgrounds, home of the annual Union County Fair.
Best Western Sunridge Inn in Baker City
What does Eastern Oregon have to offer you? Discover Historic Baker City, Oregon located in a valley surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges.
Best Western Rama Inn & Suites in Enterprise
Nestled in one of the most spectacular areas of the Northwest, the Best Western Rama Inn & Suites is located in northeast Oregon in the town of Enterprise, overlooking the magnificent Wallowa Mountains.
Best Western Rama Inn & Suites in La Grande
100% non-smoking hotel. Discover the Best Western Rama Inn & Suites in beautiful Eastern Oregon. Located in La Grande, we offer hiking, skiing, Oregon Trail exhibits and shopping in our quiet little town.

In 1861 the discovery of gold near Baker City, to the south, prompted settlement of the Grande Ronde Valley. It is a fertile area and was perfect for growing the agricultural products needed to serve the mines. The city of La Grande was incorporated in 1865.

Geography: Nestled at the feet of the Blue Mountains on the edge of the fertile Grande RondeValley, La Grande is a pretty town with lots to offer travelers. With a population of more than 12,000, the community is friendly, casual, and has its own brand of sophistication, due in large part to the presence of Eastern Oregon University.

The surrounding national forests, lakes, and rivers provide some of the best biking, hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, camping and sightseeing opportunities in the state.

All of northeast Oregon's most popular visitor attractions are within easy reach of La Grande and Union County's smaller communities. The historic Elgin Opera House, the beautiful Oregon Trail Interpretive Park at Blue Mountain Crossing, and the Union County Museum with its wonderful new Cowboys Then & Now exhibit are just minutes away from your hotel room. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Wallowa Lake State Park, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and the Wild Horse Gaming Center are each less than 90 minutes from La Grande.

A wide variety of visitor services are available in the city, including facilities for conferences and group tours. La Grande has shopping venues for all tastes, from unusual boutiques, to antique shops, to national discount chains. The attractive downtown and the university provide a level of entertainment and culture not usually seen in communities of this size.