Joseph: 355 miles E of Portland, 80 miles E of La Grande, 125 miles N of Baker City
The Wallowa Mountains, which stand just south of the town of Joseph, are a glacier-carved range of rugged beauty that has been called both the Alps of Oregon and the Little Switzerland of America. Though the range is small enough in area to drive around in a day, it is big on scenery and contains the largest designated wilderness area in the state: the Eagle Cap Wilderness.
In the northeast corner of the mountains lies Wallowa Lake, which was formed when glacial moraines blocked a valley that had been carved by the glaciers. With blue waters reflecting the rocky peaks, the lake has long attracted visitors. In the fall, the lake also attracts bald eagles that come to feed on spawning kokanee salmon, which turn a bright red in the spawning season.
The town of Joseph, just north of Wallowa Lake, is a center for the casting of Western-themed bronze sculptures, and there are several art galleries and foundries in the area. The town of Enterprise, 6 miles west of Joseph, is the less touristy of the area's main towns, but it also has a bronze foundry (and one of the best brewpubs in Oregon). With its natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and artistic bent, this corner of the state today has more to offer than any other area in eastern Oregon.