Umatilla – Union County Loop over the Blues!
This route starts traveling towards the Walla Walla Valley along the base of the Blue Mountains. At Weston head up and over Tollgate where the views are spectacular! Drop down into Elgin and travel along the Grande Rhonde River through Imbler heading into LaGrande. The loop takes you back over the Mountains and down Cabbage Hill where the view of Pendleton and the surrounding valley seem to go on forever.
Athena/Weston/Helix/Adams – some of these small historic downtowns are as small as two blocks but are famous for their hospitality. Amenities include parks and a few hidden gems for dining, ask the locals!
Tollgate Mountain – Scenic ride over the Mountain beside the lake and through the woods. Amenities include small store/restaurant. Great pullout for a view over the Blues.
Elgin – Home of the Elgin Stampede Rodeo in July this quaint town has lots of amenities that include; gas, shopping, restaurants.
Imbler – Don’t forget to stop at the Imbler Country Market for it’s “World Famous Pepperoni”
La Grande – Home of Eastern Oregon University this Tree City USA sits in a beautiful green valley. This is a “large city” by Eastern Oregon standards and has all the amenities.
Meacham – A former station on the Union Pacific Railroad near the summit of the Blue Mountains. Amenities small store/restaurant.