Road Trip: Umatilla, Hermiston, Echo and Heppner

Just south of US-84 and the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon lies land rich in history and agricultural tradition. The off-the-beaten-path towns located here are well worth a side trip for the unexpected discoveries you’ll find. This route through Umatilla, Hermiston, Echo and Heppner opens up a world of wildlife and watermelons, of Oregon Trail…

: Donald Davis


Heppner is a quiet place whose rolling hills and Blue Mountain Scenic Byway make for fantastic fall cycling.

It’s home to 6,200 acres of riding, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. Take the Morrow County Courthouse tour; view the largest mural painted by a single artist west of the Mississippi on the Farm Museum; or visit the Flood Memorial, also the site of the annual Dinner at the Cemetery, where the stories of early inhabitants, from Irish to Chinese, can be heard.

Trip Ideas

  • Blue Mountain Scenic Byway
    Back through pioneer history, up through the incredible scenery. An alternative to I-84 for east-west travelers between Arlington and Baker City. Charming towns dot the route, and outdoor recreational opportunities abound along the eastern leg.
  • Spring Biking in Eastern Oregon
    Find your next biking adventure in Eastern Oregon, home to four Scenic Bikeways, full backroad itineraries with TREO Tours and rare mountain bike routes with Range Tour.
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