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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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Baker City to Hell's Canyon Dam

Drove the road to the dam...spectacular scenery...only a few towns on the way but as you approach the dam the cliffs rising from the green hued water against the blue sky is not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2016
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Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Drove the road to the dam...spectacular scenery...only a few towns on the way but as you approach the dam the cliffs rising from the green hued water against the blue sky is not to be missed...we wondered what it would be like to come in the late spring to see the numerous streams running down the almost vertical cliffs. We... More 

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Queenstown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This is a must! Someone said can't do in a day-nonsense I went to from Baker City to Hells Canyon,back to route 39, up to Joseph,and back to Baker City in a easy day. Someone else said it was frightening,not true easy drive. I have done a lot of the great ones out west,and trust me,this is one not to... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We did this drive in one day from Baker City and back. Too much for one day, I would recommend doing it in 2-3 days. The Hells Canyon Overlook was a scary drive for me but the view was gorgeous! For National forest service roads they were all paved and well maintained! Our kids got kind of bored though.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

The part I loved best was along NF 39 and the overlook. Really beautiful and hair raising driving. But really, all of it was excellent!

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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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