Pendleton hosts over 150,000 visitors each year and is home to a community with a 'Let'er Buck' spirit. The continual success of the Round-Up and other key events is possible with the dedication of over 1,200 volunteers.
Renowned for being an authentic western town, Pendleton has become the leading example of community members' support for businesses through commerce, creating resiliency for all who operate here.
A Top 20 small town to visit in 2018
- Smithsonian Magazine
Residents and visitors enjoy a multitude of recreational, entertainment, and social activities, as well as a calendar packed full of exciting events. The famed Pendleton Round-Up alone brings people in from all over the nation. In Pendleton, there is never a dull moment.
The Blue Mountains are within an hour's drive of Pendleton and boast some of the best mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, and camping in the entire region, as well as some of the finest hunting in North America. The Columbia River, North of Pendleton, offers excellent fishing, sailing, and watersports opportunities, as well as a plethora of parks along the Columbia and in the surrounding area.
Known locally as the cultural center of Eastern Oregon, Pendleton takes pride in showcasing sculptures, paintings, leatherworking, handmade jewelry, and silver engravings. Residents and visitors enjoy regional theater and musical performances you wouldn't expect in a rural town.
The nearby Tamastslikt Cultural Institute offers an acclaimed collection of Native American art and heritage exhibits. Visitors will be immersed in the rich history of the region. For those interested in the arts, the beautifully restored 1916 Carnegie Library building on the banks of the Umatilla River in the city's downtown is the Pendleton Center for the Arts.
Most underrated town in Oregon
Whether you're looking for a traditional western meal or authentic overseas cuisine, Pendleton is the place to eat. Home to over 40 top-quality restaurants and options ranging far and wide, you're sure to find a place to satisfy your taste buds.
In Pendleton, our restaurants serve ingredients in handcrafted dishes for every taste. Add even more to your experience with a selection of refreshing beverages, and trust us—save room for dessert.