Renowned for its windsurfing, and blessed with one of the best views of Mount Hood, the riverside town of Hood River is a fantastic little place in the heart of western Oregon. The family-friendly town rises gently from the mighty Columbia River, with its neat Main Street lined with boutique shops, pubs, and cafes. It makes a superb base for trips into the neighboring Cascade Mountains or along the Columbia Gorge. Just sitting and watching the windsurfers on the Hood River is loads of fun.
Things to see
The town center is the real highlight of Hood River. The main street is wide and mellow, with lots of genuinely interesting stores featuring local crafts, food products, and other temptations.
The Columbia River Gorge is an awe-inspiring crack through the state of Oregon, with a pounding river flowing through it. A scenic road runs its length, featuring numerous view points and hiking trailheads.
The Mount Hood Railroad is the perfect way to sit back and soak in the gorgeous beauty of this area’s fruit orchards and wineries, to the backdrop of the majestic Mount Hood volcano.
Hotels in Hood River
Hood River is a small town, but it has a handful of comfortable and affordable hotels to choose from. A couple of chain motels that offer better than average amenities and balanced by a few bed and breakfasts and independent motels on the edges of town. Bonuses of every hotel in Hood River are the inspiring views of Mount Hood and easy proximity to the town.
Where to stay
Staying in the heart of Hood River is nice for its proximity to everything the town offers. Walk to the shops, the Full Sail brewpub, and all kinds of eateries in minutes.
Along the marina is the other popular spot for accommodations in Hood River. It’s still a quick, easy walk uphill to the center of town and you get to watch the windsurfers from the comfort of your hotel balcony.
How to get to Hood River
The best way to access Hood River is to fly into Portland’s airport, which is just an hour’s drive west along Interstate 84. You will need to rent a car to reach Hood River, but it’s a scenic cruise. Greyhound buses also make the trip each day, but you’ll find a car to be the most useful transport option for your stay here.