A Scenic Byway, the Deepest US Canyon and a Delightful Oregon B&B = Oregon Geotourism

It's that time of year again.  Time to start planning that Oregon Road Trip.  Oregon has more designated scenic byways and tour routes than any other state.  The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is the only State B&B Association and a welcoming inn awaits you as you travel the backroads.  I am presenting a series of blogs to assist you in creating amazing getaways and tours in Oregon.  Thanks Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation for sharing this information.

CNN Travel released an article a few days about the deepest, longest, tallest, etc., record-setting place to visit in the US. Two are located right here in Oregon, one, the deepest canyon, Hells Canyon.  The other, the deepest lake, Crater Lake, will be mentioned in a future Scenic Back Road blog.  Oregon geotourism at its finest!

Looking Down the Snake River into Hells Canyon.  Photo by Mary Pellegrini

'A Mile-Deep Gorge and Two-Mile-High Mountains. Oregon's northeast corner has always been wild and untamed. From the unfathomable depths of Hells Canyon to the 10,000-foot peaks of the Wallowas, much of it remains inaccessible. The middle of this incredible drive is usually closed by snow from October through May.'

Tucked away in Northeastern Oregon, Joseph is the premier small town for art and culture and is home to art galleries, unique shops, interesting restaurants and the delightful Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast, a member inn of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild. The Bronze Antler features three cozy guestrooms furnished in the European Arts & Crafts style, plus a newly opened Asian modern suite with many upscale amenities. 

Hells Canyon State Scenic BywayWinter and spring guests will enjoy unencumbered snowmobiling, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing opportunities.  But if it's the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway you'd like to travel now's the time to start planning your summer trip.  A reminder:  The center section of the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is seasonal - it usually closes in early November and doesn't open again until May or June depending on the snowpack.  If you're planning to drive entire Byway, check in with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Office at (541)426-4978 or 426-5546 or by visiting their website.

The innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild are ready to share with you their version of Oregon Culinary Tourism and Geotourism.  Get to know our State like a local; stay with one of our nearly 100 hosts in any one of or many regions. Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats.  Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, taking in Oregon Geotourism, for a World Class City experience, or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.


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