If you’re on the hunt to find the perfect spring getaway with amazing outdoor activities, Hood River, Oregon might be just the place for you! Known for its winter ski slopes and summer windsurfing, it’s beautiful spring season often gets overlooked. So why should you visit Hood River in springtime? One big factor is the lack of crowds. Since the winter ski and snowboard season is wrapping up and the summer windsurfing and kiteboarding crowds aren’t in full swing yet, activities to enjoy in Hood River is a beautiful time to enjoy a peaceful trip surrounded by nature.
Great Weather for Outdoor Adventures
With temperatures averaging somewhere between 40 degrees and 70 degrees, the weather could not be more perfect for spending time outdoors! And you will find plenty of opportunities around Hood River. Located along the Columbia River Gorge in the northernmost part of the state, the main attractions around here are all nature based. You’ll find endless hiking trails that will take you by the numerous waterfalls that line the gorge, striking basalt cliffs and crystal blue waters of the Columbia River. One of the most spectacular waterfalls of all is the picture-perfect Multnomah Falls, west of Hood River along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. As Oregon’s #1 visited natural attraction, you won’t want to miss this amazing 620-foot cascade of mountain water. The fall is even more breathtaking in spring, as snowmelt supplies additional flow, width and intensity!
If you happen to catch a rainy day on your trip, take advantage of the shelter of your car and go for a drive on the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, mentioned above. A two-lane National Historic Landmark that first opened between 1916 and 1923, this highway runs for 70 miles between Troutdale to The Dalles. Multnomah Falls are an easy stop off the highway, along with other major attractions, such as the historic octagonal shaped 1918 Vista House on Crown Point with a fabulous scenic overlook of the Gorge. Another popular drive among tourists is the 35-mile Fruit Loop route, which in springtime, will pass you through endless fields of blooming fruit trees, wineries and farms. Throughout April, they’ll host family-oriented farm events, craft shows and cider tastings all along the route.
Fun for Everyone
Another fun and relaxing thing to do in Hood River is to take a scenic four-hour train ride on the Mount Hood Railroad. You’ll ride through rolling hills, woods and orchards, all bustling with the new life of springtime! They even feature themed rides, such as Murder Mystery, for thrill seekers, or a relaxing Wine Train ride.
If you are looking for the best springtime vacation for your family, book your trip to Hood River, Oregon, now! You’ll never regret a trip to our comfortable and cozy small town! We can’t wait to see you here.