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


On the shores of the Columbia River west of Pendleton, Umatilla saw its heyday during the western gold rush.

Today life in this small town is enriched by the river. The Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge comes alive with burrowing owls, badgers, deer and migratory birds. Hit the links at the Big River Golf Course, check out spawning chinook and steelhead at the fish hatchery, or explore the treasures of the mighty Columbia by boat.

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