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Activities: Driving, Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Beautiful with unexpected adventures

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Aloha, Oregon
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Aloha, Oregon
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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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164 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
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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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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57 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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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Kent, Washington
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

You really need a minimum of 2 days to drive the Byway. We weren't real clear on the entire Byway so missed one of the best parts, the dam. It goes off on a road by itself which dead ends so you have to drive back out to finish the Scenic Byway. We plan to go back and see what... More 

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fort wayne in
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

It seems like a long drive but there are plenty of things to see along the way. The park at the end of the road is worth the three hour drive from Boise. Make sure to take the stairs to the bottom of the canyon floor at the Hell's Canyon dam. It is before the park and there are parking... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

this byway is definitely worth the drive, but to see Hells Canyon it is worthwhile to cross over into Idaho near Oxbow and drive the road up that side to the Hells Canyon Dam. On that road you will see magnificent scenery with cliffs coming right down to the Snake. Beyond the dam you will see the wild river (and... More 

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Excellent drive and wonderful scenery. Plane at least one day for this drive, 2 or three would be better as there is much to see along the way.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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262 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

The Hell's Canyon scenic byway is an out of the way type of drive, but is well worth it. We loved it! The lakes, dams, wild goats, waterfalls and the hiking by the dam. This drive surpassed all of our expectations!

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