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Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

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Ranked #549 of 955 Attractions in Oregon
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Temecula, California, United States
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32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011 via mobile

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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241 reviews 241 reviews
65 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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