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Union County: Fuel Your Creativity

Written by Oregon Media

Union County: Fuel Your Creativity

Around every corner in Union County, the opportunity to broaden your cultural horizons awaits

Ready to slow the pace? Explore many creations throughout the Grande Ronde Valley to feed your heart, soul and mind. Hop on the Art Trail of Northeast Oregon to visit places like the Arts Center East, housed in a Carnegie Library, catch a world-class show at the Arts Center East, Union County Elgin Opera House, or explore the Eastern Oregon University campus, home to the Grand Staircase and Nightingale Gallery, featuring exhibits of students and artists year round. The Eagle Cap Excursion Train offers a serene ride throughout scenic Northeast Oregon. Some rides are themed (like wine and cheese rides), others are simply intended to enjoy the landscape. No matter what paced adventure you seek, Union County will leave you with lasting memories and the desire to start planning your next visit back, before you leave!

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Woman holding goat in Union County A perfect day spent in Union County

Full day itinerary


Grab a map for the Union County Farm Loop, which links together a series of farm stands and farms—see and interact at these self-serve locations. It is a totally organic, intimate experience you won’t find anywhere else!


Before heading to the museums for a glimpse of authentic Oregon Trail history, grab lunch at the local brewery Side A Brewing—converted from the old town firehouse and adjoining the fire museum—with many original fire engines.


The Elgin Opera House and the Grand Lumiere Event Center both always have a  full calendar of events and ever-expanding projects. From interactive murder mystery dinners to full-scale theater and musicals, entertainment abounds in so many forms.