Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Thomas Condon Paleontology Center

This excellent paleontology center is 2 miles north of Hwy 26 at Sheep Rock Unit. The well-presented displays include a three-toed horse and petrified dung-beetle balls, along with many other fossils, geologic-histo…
Top Choice Museum in Baker City

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

This interpretive center is the nation's foremost memorial to the pioneers who crossed the West along the Oregon Trail. Lying atop a hill 7 miles east of Baker City, it contains interactive displays, artifacts and f…
Top Choice American in Joseph

Coco's Grill

Some of the best food in Wallowa County is made at this fine eatery. On a warm day, grab a seat on the front patio and order a gourmet burger or thin-crust pizza, both fired in a special wood-stone oven. Shrimp skew…
Top Choice Hungarian in Wallowa Lake

Vali's Alpine Restaurant

Hungarian specialties such as cabbage rolls, chicken paprika, beef kabobs and schnitzel are all excellent here; there's a set menu item each night (with a mix of options on Fridays). Do not miss dessert. Credit card…
Top Choice American in Burns

Rhojo's

Some of Eastern Oregon's best food can be found at this cute little restaurant. Dishes change daily, but expect things like fresh pasta with sauteed shrimp and pine nuts, or grilled NY strip topped with gorgonzola. …
National Park in Wallowa Mountains

Eagle Cap Wilderness

Glacier-ripped valleys, high mountain lakes and marble peaks are some of the rewards that long-distance hikers find on overnight treks into the beautiful Eagle Cap Wilderness, nicknamed 'America's Little Switzerland…
Canyon in Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon Dam

Hells Canyon's most spectacular scenery is perhaps along Snake River, following 25 miles of paved road (Idaho's Rte 454) toward Hells Canyon Dam; here dramatic canyon walls loom almost vertically. The road goes alon…
Barbecue in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Tiger Town Brewing

'Tiger Town' was the nickname for what's now Main St in Mitchell, a lively stretch that was frowned upon by the folk up on Piety Hill (where the churches are). This namesake mini brewery is in an army-green food car…
Natural Feature in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Sheep Rock Unit

Featuring the most walks and hikes of the three John Day fossil-bed units, Sheep Rock is also closest to the paleontology center. Above loom majestic, layered mountains tilted and eroding into spectacular formations…
Natural Feature in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Painted Hills Unit

Because no cap rock protects them, the Painted Hills have eroded into low-slung, colorfully banded hills that were originally formed about 30 million years ago. A series of eruptions drifted into beds hundreds of fe…