Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge
View of the city lights and twinkling stars from Illumination Rock on Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood seen from a scenic flight tour
A beautiful spot for fly-fishing on the Sandy River
Stand-up paddleboard yoga on the Columbia River in The Dalles
A charming nighttime scene in Hood River
A sampling of refreshing craft beers at Freebridge Brewing in The Dalles
Boardwalk trail in the Wildwood Recreation Site in Welches
Getting a bird’s-eye view of Mt. Hood National Forest in Estacada
Stunning scenery from Kiyokawa Family Orchards in Hood River Valley
Mountain biking on a single-track trail near The Dalles
Outdoor recreation from peak to valley
Mountain and River Pursuits
The region’s varied terrain makes for adventures at all altitudes. At nearly 3,500 meters high, Mt. Hood has one of the only year-round ski seasons in the world. It’s also purported to be the second-most climbed mountain in the world. Stay at the Timberline Lodge, the hotel seen in “The Shining” and a popular tourist attraction. Don’t miss the laser light shows and thumping music at Skibowl’s nighttime Cosmic Tubing. Descend from the mountain for waterfall hiking, rafting and fishing in the Columbia River Gorge. In Hood River, the gorge’s steep walls create perfect wind conditions for wind- and kite surfing.
Dining and Drinks
Bountiful harvests are reflected in markets and menus around the region. Take your pick among dozens of independent farm stands, orchards, wineries and restaurants along the self-guided Hood River County Fruit Loop. Soak in the stunning views and sip boutique wine on a winery tour. There are also a dozen craft breweries to try. Some noteworthy options: award-winning Full Sail Brewing Co., beer brewed with glacially-sourced water at Mt. Hood Brewing Company and Freebridge Brewing, housed in a Gold Rush-era U.S. Mint building.
Lodging is part of the experience here. Not many destinations rival the region’s choices, from full-service resorts to backcountry vacation rentals. Rent a geodesic dome, soak in a hot tub on the river or escape to a real log cabin in the woods. Stay in an ultra-charming tiny house at the Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. Go completely off the grid at the Tilly Jane A-Frame, which has no running water and is accessible only by snowshoeing or hiking into an old-growth forest. Couples can reconnect by a spectacular waterfall at Bridal Veil Lodge. The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and the Balch Hotel in the Gorge both offer full-service amenities with historic character.