Located in the Columbia River Gorge at the confluence of the Hood and Columbia Rivers, Hood River is one of America’s premier outdoor playgrounds. Home to amazing scenery, beautiful weather, and a vibrant food and beverage scene, there is so much to do here it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Whether your tastes run to adventure on the water or on land, there’s quite a few attractions you won’t want to miss in Hood River!
As impressive a river canyon as there ever was, the Columbia River Gorge runs for nearly 80 miles and is as deep as 4,000 feet. Throughout its run along the border with Washington, the Gorge is home to stunning views, majestic forests, and picturesque waterfalls. Hiking trails for all skill levels allow you to explore at your leisure, whether for short day hikes and quick excursions to sparkling pools or longer forays on either side of the gorge. For an easier walk, check out the sections of old Columbia River Highway State Trail. For more advanced hikers, you won’t want to miss the Chinook Trail and its 300+ miles of hiking and multi-sport trails (not all sections connect, at this time). The best section is a 30-mile stretch on the Oregon side between Angels Rest and Starvation Creek, a few miles west of Hood River.
Other options for exploring the gorge include bike tours and scenic drives. The options are endless: You can enjoy the scenic river views from I-84 with its multiple scenic turnouts and short waterfall hikes, head inland on the winding Historic Columbia River Highway from Troutdale to The Dalles, or take the “Fruit Loop” tour, a playful detour through the fertile upland areas home to orchards, farms, and wineries. No matter how you go, you won’t want to miss the beauty and bounty of this incredible place. Every season has something to offer, from the blossoms of spring to the berries of summer to the wines and foliage of Autumn!
A Day at the Beach
As the windsurfing and kitesurfing capital of the country, no trip to Hood River is complete without heading out onto the pristine waters of the Columbia River. Thanks to steady winds and currents from the dams along the river’s course, wind and water sports are ideal for both masters and beginners alike. Head down to The Hook, a protected cove on a bend in the river by downtown, and take a lesson or rent a kayak. Once you are ready, test your skills in the open waters of the river. For a special treat, pop out to the Sandbar where you can relax on this transient beach and enjoy a beautiful day by the water’s edge – in the middle of the river!
However you choose to adventure, rest assured that you will have the best accommodations available with Hood River Vacation Rentals. Our cozy cabins and luxurious vacation homes are all perfectly situated for you to enjoy this outdoor wonderland. Featuring fully furnished and comfortable living spaces boasting the best amenities, our incredible value will have you considering adding on an extra week. And, with all the incredible things to see and do in Hood River, we think that sounds like a great idea.