This 35-mile scenic drive through the valley’s orchards, forests, farmlands and friendly communities is one of the area’s top attractions. Throughout the year, you’ll find fruit, wines, lavender, alpacas, farm stands, family activities and more.
2. Tour the waterfalls.
The geology of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area lends itself to some of the most spectacular waterfalls anywhere. Starting with the towering 620-foot Multnomah Falls, visitors can stop at waterfalls all along the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway, or choose to hike in for a closer look. Find out about how you can get to and around Hood River without a car.
3. Explore the great outdoors.
With trails ranging from easy to expert, Hood River County is a great place to explore new areas by foot, by bike or on horseback. And, if you want to learn a new sport—from fly-fishing to sailing to mountain biking—Hood River’s friendly shops, guides and clubs make it easy to dive in while you’re here on vacation.
Hood River is home to many talented artists, actors, writers and musicians. Spend time at a local gallery or art museum. Catch a live concert—many of which are outdoors during the summer time. Enjoy a live theater production or writing workshop. Try your hand at glassblowing or painting—or simply support our local artists by attending open studio tours and craft shows.
Tour one of our many wineries, vineyards and distilleries, or attend a wine maker’s dinner at a local restaurant. Take a brewery tour or stop at a local cider house. Visit one of many local coffee roasters or food carts. Enjoy a home-cooked breakfast at a local diner, or opt for a gourmet meal at one of many fine dining options in town. Numerous culinary surprises await in Hood River County.
6. Make a splash.
Hood River put itself on the world windsurfing map in the 1980s and continues to lure wind and water sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Local instructors know the weather and wind patterns and can provide a comfortable setting for you to launch into a new water sport. Take the family to Hood River Waterfront Park, where from the swimming beach you can watch windsurfers and kiteboarders crisscrossing the river.
Hood River offers an eclectic mix of locally owned specialty stores where you can find jewelry, clothing, toys, books, stationary, locally made products, outdoor gear and more. Plus, gift certificates to local restaurants, galleries and stores are a great way to lure your loved ones back to Hood River County.