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This 218-mile route between LaGrande and Baker City, which goes from...

This 218-mile route between LaGrande and Baker City, which goes from river’s edge to mountaintop to valley floor, has been designated an All-American Road and one of America's premier scenic routes.

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Amazing scenery

Spectacular views- at the end of the scenic drive - downstream from the dam enjoy water tours on speed boats or do some white water or kayak .. Start north in Lewiston ( after... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
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Issaquah, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I've heard about the beauty and power of Hells Canyon for years and on our drive from Mcall, ID to Walla Walla, WA we decided to make a detour. We found it very confusing to figure out how to get there/what we'd see since OR, WA and ID tourist bureaus are all pushing their routes and TripAdvisor has multiple "Where... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Spectacular views- at the end of the scenic drive - downstream from the dam enjoy water tours on speed boats or do some white water or kayak .. Start north in Lewiston ( after Lewis & Clark ) and drive south - only about 140 miles - but will take you 5 hours of hills ,mtns, switch backs , open... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We travelled in from the Idaho side on a cold ,wet September day. This road is not one to lose your concentration on, it is twisty, very steep in places with no barrier. It is however an extremely beautiful drive in any conditions. You get varying views of the river as the road rises high above and then drops to... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A smokey visit. The Oregon scenic byway was a pretty picturesque winding mountain road but smoke limited the visibility at viewpoints I feel like the area would be better seen from the Idaho side at river level road or on the river itself by either motorized boat or kayaks/rafts

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Otley West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

This was getting to the end of our tour of Oregon and we were surprised again of the beauty of the State. We had planned to do it in a day, but not a chance. With plenty of overviews we took two days and it was well worth the effort. So much to see.

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Aloha, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It's hard to describe the beauty - the sheer canyon walls, the deep green water above the dam and the river below. Try to capture the depth and height of what you see with a camera - it doesn't work. Take time to enjoy the view with your eyes only! Along the way were some wild peach and possibly wild... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Beautiful Oregon (and Idaho) scenery. Well worth the drive. It took two days to fully cover (Enterprise / Joseph / Hells Canyon Overlook - the North side on Day 1, Halfway / Hells Canyon / Snake River Dams (3 of them) - the South side on Day 2). Roads are fine (except construction on NF-39 at time of writing).

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

When you travel in the Enterprise-Joseph area of Oregon, you will be on this scenic route. The views are awesome! The Wallowas are one of the "Seven Wonders of Oregon," which you will see all along this route. There are some side roads leading to other areas to explore. Every part of the byway has postcard scenery. To see most... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We took the scenic and winding drive along the reservoir that leads to the dam. It is a dead end drive located in Idaho that ends at the dam. You can take a boat excursion on the Snake river at the dam, but we did no do this because lack of time. The road is one long succession of curves... More 

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Twin Falls, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

This was an impropmtu trip but well worth it! Hells canyon is beautiful, with plenty of spots to pull over and picnic, fish or camp. Theres also several boat launch areas. Vault toilets are basically clean, have t.p. but yes they stink! If you keep an eye out theres plenty of wildlife to see-- even bighorn sheep. This tine of... More 

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