Union County Museum in Victorian Union is home to the Cowboys Then & Now exhibit, featuring the history of cowboys and cattle in America. Learn more about this uniquely American tradition, as well as Hollywood cowboys. Kids love to try on cowboy duds and see what it feels like to be a "real" cowboy. The museum also highlights the rich natural and cultural history of the Grande Ronde Valley in its expansive exhibit hall. Step out back and tour the Livery Station and Agriculture, Transportation and Timber building, and pioneer cabin. Located on Main Street, open Mother's Day through mid-October. 541.562.6003.
Eastern Oregon Fire Museum, housed in La Grande's historic fire station, in use from 1899 to 2002. See vintage and antique fire equipment and trucks, some restored to their original condition. Group tours welcome. 102 Elm St.
Manuel Museum at Hot Lake Springs houses the largest collection of Native American arrowheads in North America, and showcases hundreds of pieces of Native American pieces, from ceremonial dress to everyday tools. The museum also houses an expansive collection of war exhibits, dating from the Civil War through current conflicts.
Historic Homes and Historic Buildings walking tours, both in La Grande, direct you past many historic buildings, dating from the late 1800s. Pick up maps at the Visitor Center.
Cemetery Tour, a driving guide to historic cemeteries in Union County, will take you to some of the oldest resting places in Eastern Oregon, some marking graves of the earliest settlers and pioneers. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center.
Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Blue Mountain Crossing features a paved, easily accessible trail that takes you alongside some of the best preserved and most scenic traces of the Oregon Trail. Colorful ceramic panels depict the pioneers' struggles as they cross the rugged Blue Mountains. Living history is offered during summer weekends. Includes picnic areas, restrooms, and drinking water. Open May through October. Getting there: I-84, exit 248.