Bring your digital camera. You will want to document all the scenic beauty of this region. Motorcycling the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, an exhilarating panorama of extremes ranging from lush farmland and quaint towns to jaw-dropping vistas that seem to stretch forever. The 225-mile drive begins at La Grande, the intersection of Highways 84 and 82. Heading east on Highway 82, the byway meanders through the Wallowa Valley, a smattering of small towns that have existed since the late 1800s. At Highway 39 it enters the NRA at Salt Creek Summit, passing over Imnaha River and descending to Virtue Flat before concluding at Baker City. Visitors can take Highway 84 north to return to where they started. Make sure you stay at the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City. Baker City was one of the biggest gold mining towns in the West. The Gold Rush created this gem of a city.