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Fun Things to Do in Hood River
Hood River, Oregon, and the Columbia River Gorge are hot spots for lovers of the wind, water, and spectacular scenery. Visitors come from around the world to take advantage of the Gorge's steady wind conditions, ideal for windsurfing, kite sailing, and other extreme water sports. Hood River also draws visitors who want to hike, bike, or drive the hills and bluffs along the Gorge and in nearby Mt. Hood National Forest.
The river town of Hood River offers a number of attractions in addition to outdoor recreation. Options include a scenic railroad excursion, a museum of carousel art, a brewpub, and winery tours.
Mt. Hood Railroad
Hop the train in Hood River and take in the foothill panoramas of majestic Mt. Hood. You may choose from morning or afternoon sightseeing excursions, or weekend dinner and brunch trains.
International Museum of Carousel Art
Dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and exhibition of antique carousels, this museum displays over 125 animals from around the world. Related carousel art, chariots, a working 1917 Wurlitzer Band Organ, and an antique steam engine are also exhibited.
Full Sail Brewing Company
Located in the historic Diamond Fruit Cannery building overlooking the Columbia River, Full Sail's Hood River Brewery offers tours. Take advantage of the opportunity to sample some of Full Sail's acclaimed ales and seasonal brews.
Enjoy Oregon's Columbia River Appellations, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Semillon varietals. Winery tours and tastings are available seasonally.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Windsurfing in Hood River Oregon
Between the Columbia River Gorge wind and its currents, Hood River is heaven for windsurfers. Fans come from around the world to partake of the perfect conditions, or to watch the windsurfing and kite sailing action.
Lessons and Outfitters
This directory of resources will help you find new, used, and rental equipment, river guides, lessons, and other Columbia River Gorge windsurfing information.
Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association
One of the largest windsurfing organizations in the United States, CGWA strives to improve conditions and access for wind enthusiasts in the Gorge. They also sponsor a number of meetings, lessons, and events, including the US Windsurfing National Championships in August.
Kitesurfing, also known as kite sailing or kiteboarding, has also become extremely popular in the Columbia River Gorge. These resources will help you find out about how to kitesurf and the equipment required:Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Hood River and Columbia River Gorge Hiking
Waterfalls, running waters, and river, mountain, and forest views draw hikers of every skill level to the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. These trail maps and descriptions will help you choose the right hike.
Hiking Trails in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Maps and descriptions for dozens of hiking and multi-sport trails on this Forest Service preserve.
Hiking along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
With the construction of Interstate 84 in the 1950's, many sections of the old highway were abandoned. Sections have been turned into trails for hikers and bikers, with more being restored for use each year.
Hike the Chinook Trail
The Chinook Trail Association, a citizen organization, is working to creating a continuous 300-mile loop trail that covers both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge. For now the several hiking trails in the Chinook Trails system are unconnected. The long-term goal is to connect existing trail segments with new trail construction.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Biking from Hood River Oregon - Columbia River Gorge
Old roads, cross-country ski trails, and hilly, scenic terrain make the Hood River region attractive both to road cyclists and mountain bikers. Here are a few resources to learn about routes and trails in the Hood River area:
Bicycling and Mountain Biking Trails in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
There are many roads and trails on this USDA Forest Service land, offering access to old-growth forests, majestic river viewpoints, and varied terrain.
Columbia River Gorge Bike Map
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has provided this detailed set of maps for bikers. The map can be viewed in PDF format, or a hard-copy can be obtained from local bike shops or by contacting ODOT.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Scenic Driving Tours in Hood River & the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge offers a wealth of scenic wonders - river views, waterfalls and wildflowers, basalt cliffs, snowcapped mountain peaks, and verdant forests and farmland. A scenic drive is a great way to enjoy all this beauty. Head out from Hood River along Interstate 84 on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, or State Highway 14 on the Washington side; you'll be surrounded by scenery on all sides.
Historic Columbia River Highway
This amazing driving tour winds from Troutdale to The Dalles. Popular stops include Vista House, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls.
Fruit Loop Tour
The farms, vineyards, and orchards of this fertile region offer beautiful views and amusing stops throughout the growing season. The spring bloom on the orchard trees entices many visitors to the area; fresh produce stands and markets keep them coming until harvest's end.
Museums, dams, viewpoints, waterfalls, and historic buildings provide plenty of places to stop along your Gorge driving tour. Here are a few highlights:
Built as a monument to Oregon's pioneers, the historic Vista House is one of the Gorge's most photographed destinations. It lies on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, near the town of Corbett.
Waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge
The many spectacular waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge include Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, and Multnomah Falls.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Hotels & Lodging in Hood River
The town of Hood River offers a range of accommodations, from grand full-service hotels to value lodging.
Columbia Cliff Villas at the Columbia Gorge Hotel
New condominiums adjacent to the historic inn, both perched on a wooded hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.
Hood River Hotel
Charming European-style lodging with river views, fine dining, and meeting facilities. On the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel is often recommended as one of the Northwest's top romantic getaways.
Hood River Inn
The Best Western Hood River Inn offers convenient access to gorge and Mt. Hood recreation and attractions. The inn's "Riverside Grill" features a range of interesting cuisine.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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How to Get to Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge
Hood River is located at Exit #63 on Interstate 84. It is approximately 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It is 230 miles from Seattle.
Portland International Airport is the nearest major airport with scheduled passenger service.