With a population of about 7,400 people, Hood River has maintained its small-town charm with the restoration of many historic buildings, the preservation of locally owned businesses and an eclectic mix of restaurants, bakeries, breweries, delis, shops and galleries. While you’re here, be sure to check out the Hood River Waterfront, historic downtown, and The Heights neighborhood.
Located about 40 miles from Portland and about 20 miles from downtown Hood River, Cascade Locks is a small, inviting town known for its lush trails, excellent winds and beautiful Marine Park. Stop by Cascade Locks during a world-class sailing regatta. Sign up for the Bridge of the Gods 10K or Half-Marathon. Or take a trip on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler to learn a bit of history.
Mt. Hood provides a dramatic backdrop for the residents of Parkdale, an agricultural community located about 16 miles south of Hood River. The Hutson Museum, a historical Hood River valley landmark, rests on a two-acre National Historic Site. Enjoy a meal or local brew in Parkdale after a day exploring the area.