At the foot of the Wallowa Mountains, this historic town is a portal to outdoor delights. Wallowa Lake teems with salmon, and the guides at the Joseph Fly Shoppe (541-432-4343) can show you where they’re biting. The Wallowa Lake Tramway (541-432-5331) whisks visitors to the top of Mount Howard, where you can pick up a hiking trail for an easy walk downhill. Canoe rentals are available at Wallowa Lake Marina (541-432-9115), and there’s a trailhead that leads into the Eagle Cap Wilderness, prime backpacking country with dozens of alpine lakes nestled among rugged peaks.
Photography courtesy of National Scenic Byways, www.byways.org 
This article was first published in July 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.