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La Grande, Oregon, located at the junction of US 84, Highway 203 and 244 serves as the gateway to numerous natural attractions. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, the deepest river canyon on the North American continent, is within a day's drive from La Grande, and other sections of the Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla National Forests offer even closer playgrounds for year-round recreation. Hiking, fishing, skiing and backcountry exploration are trademarks of Eastern Oregon's national forests, which literally surround the tiny town of La Grande.
Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains in the Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande is known as much for its laid-back atmosphere as for its recreational bounty. Home to Eastern Oregon University, its streets are dotted with coffee houses and quaint restaurants that offer a comfortable respite to the traveler. Inexpensive accommodations can be found throughout the city, from bed and breakfast inns to a wide range of hotels and motels. RV parks and campgrounds are also easily accessible.
Western events and competitions are still very much alive in the Grande Ronde Valley. Five different rodeos take place each year in the La Grande area, including the Elgin Stampede, the oldest continuously run stampede in the Northwest.
La Grande sits directly on the old Oregon Trail, which was traveled by thousands of emigrants during the 19th century. Museums and interpretive displays are scattered throughout this geographic area and provide a perspective of the arduous and sometimes fateful efforts that emigrants undertook to reach Oregon. Nearby towns such as Union and Elgin offer their own glimpses into the history and agriculture that have shaped the history of Eastern Oregon.
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