Itinerary – Journey Through Time Tour, John Day River Territory

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Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Oregon isn’t just for cowboys and ranchers. Here in the John Day River Territory, you’re just as likely to hear the roar of a motorcycle echoing down our canyons and through our pristine landscape. The … Continue reading

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Story of a Real ‘Eastern’ Cowboy

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Jack Sweek was never much of a rodeo cowboy. But in 1958 he won a belt buckle at the professional rodeo in Milton-Freewater, the only buckle Sweek ever won. Now, challenged by illness and age, the buckle represents a moment … Continue reading

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Experience the Old West’s Native American Legacy

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Take the road less traveled and Explore Oregon’s rich Native American history. Drive just four miles east of Pendleton, on Interstate-84 to Exit 216, to experience life on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Here you can visit one of the top-ranked tribal … Continue reading

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Travel East to Experience the Old West

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Explore Oregon’s Western heritage. Winter Sports: If you’re serious about pushing powder, the expansive landscapes of Eastern Oregon are a perfect winter playground! Horseshoe Prairie and Meacham Divide are ideal places for Nordic Skiing and snowshoeing. Equipment rentals and trail … Continue reading

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Dude Ranch Getaways

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“Dude ranching” was born of the lure of the Wild West, and the desire of many Americans to find some solace from the increasingly congested metropolises of the eastern seaboard. The completion of the transcontinental railroads in the 1880s put … Continue reading

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Eastern Oregon Ghost Towns

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Embark on a fascinating tour of Oregon’s most fascinating ghost towns, mining camps, fishing villages, lumber towns, and historic forts! With 18 officially designated “ghost towns” still on the map, Oregon is reported to more ghost towns than any other … Continue reading

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The Grande Tour

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‘Grande’ is French for ‘big’; this term elucidates the mountains, farms, and history that compose this byway’s valley. The route sits between the Hells Canyon and Elkhorn byways and can easily be caught when you explore the other two. 1. … Continue reading

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The Lewis and Clark Odyssey

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It’s always exciting adventure to follow in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery along the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. This four day tour begins east of Pendleton at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute operated by the Confederated Tribes of … Continue reading

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Birds Taking Wing

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Seasoned travelers are flocking to Eastern Oregon. The region’s lakes, rivers and marshes attract frequent fliers as they head south. 1. On the banks of the Grande Ronde Breezy, blue-sky days, wildflowers, and green velvet hills signal when spring is … Continue reading

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Explore the Lore – Seven Heritage Museums & Historic Sites

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Ever wonder what life was like for Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery? Or the Oregon Trail pioneers who walked thousands of miles in search of a better life? Or the Native Americans who have called Oregon home … Continue reading

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Geologic Gems: Southeast Oregon

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Southeast Oregon is a treasure trove of geologic gems. This far-east side of Oregon is a place where explorers have been creating legends for hundreds of years. Start with the search for the amazing thunderegg, marvel at the sheer rock … Continue reading

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East Steens Tour Route

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This 143-Mile-Tour skirts along the escarpment of Steens Mountain, a topographic wonder. After passing the sagebrush covered Sheepshed Mountains to the east, you come to a series of small lakes that attract a variety of animal life. Sore travelers will … Continue reading

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Diamond Loop Tour Route

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Winding through a variety of high desert habitats, the Diamond Loop Tour Route offers wildlife watching, the historic Round Barn and the fascinating formations of the Diamond Craters. Your route will commence with the Diamond Loop Tour, travel through the … Continue reading

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Camping With A View

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There are dozens of campgrounds nestled among Oregon’s most stunning scenery, from high-desert areas spotted with alpine lakes to coastal sand dunes peering over the Pacific Ocean. This spring and summer, we hope you get out to explore at least … Continue reading

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A Weekend in Pendleton

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Famous for its annual Pendleton Round Up rodeo (Let ‘er Buck!), which takes place September each year, this Eastern Oregon “western” city has great things to see and do year-round. From the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon to the Confederated Tribes of … Continue reading

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