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How to Find the Best Spots for Hood River Sightseeing

For a vacation with scenery like you’ve never seen before, come pay a visit to the emerald forests of the Pacific Northwest and stay with us in Hood River. Nestled at the base of the majestic Mt. Hood and along the Columbia River that forms the state line between Oregon and Washington, the area offers countless options for taking in the stunning natural scenery. Here’s some of the best spots our city and the surrounding county have to offer for Hood River sightseeing, and creative ways for you to see them all!

Explore the Columbia River Gorge by Bike

Rushing waterfalls, lush forests, and breathtaking views of Mt. Hood are all waiting for you in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood area. The Historic Columbia River Highway is an abandoned highway, portions of which have been repurposed as trails for hikers and bikers. Rent a bike from a spot in town, or just drive to one of the many trailheads and explore on foot. Start your adventure off at USDA Forest Service’s National Scenic Area office on 902 Wasco Street from 9AM to 5PM to purchase maps, passes, and get expert tips on where to find the best hidden gems and waterfalls!

Take a Scenic Drive

The Columbia River Gorge features a rich abundance of natural sights—elevated views of the river from cliffside highways, mountainsides dotted with wildflowers, hidden waterfalls, jagged snowcapped peaks, lush forests, and sprawling farmlands. What better way to take it all in from a scenic drive with stops along the way? Jump on I-84 in either direction for striking scenery—heading east you’ll find iconic sights such a Vista House, and observation viewpoint, or Starvation Creek Park where you can hike to Warren Falls if you wish! To the west you can stop at Stanley Rock or Memaloose State Park to revel in the dreamy landscape—and these are just a few of the many options open to you on this beautiful drive.

Adventure by Rail

There’s nothing like an old-fashioned train ride to show you the serene beauty of the Pacific Northwest! The Mt. Hood Railroad is a historic, century-old railroad that was once an integral part of the transfer of goods in the valley. Today, they offer a wondrously scenic round-trip rides from their Hood River Depot with countless of spectacular views of Mt. Hood and its surrounding orchards and vineyards. They offer quite a few options, morning and afternoon excursions to Parkdale at the base of Mt. Hood, as well as weekend brunch and dinner tours. You can find the depot at 110 Mt Hood Railroad, Hood River, OR 97031.

Whichever way you choose to explore the otherworldly sights of Hood River, you won’t be disappointed, as beauty is quite literally around nearly every corner. Contact us to learn more about our properties and reserve your next vacation today!

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