My class trip was to Hood River, Oregon. We took Thurs and Fri off work and came back Sunday so a 4-day trip. Hood River is 1 hour away from Oregon and it is a beautiful riverside town with lots of outdoor activities, beautiful views, excellent wineries, and cool breweries. It’s right on the banks of the Columbia River, very close to the Columbia River Gorge scenic area, and next to Mt Hood National Forest. We went in the summertime in August but Hood River is great year round given all the winter sports available.
What to Do
Hood River is excellent for kiteboarding. I personally didn’t do any kiteboarding but it looked amazing and people were out there doing tricks too. I’m sure you can find a place to take lessons. Definitely will check it out next time.
2. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) & Kayaking
We went to Gorge Paddling Center for paddleboard and kayak rentals but there are many vendors you can choose from. I definitely recommend Gorge Paddling Center because it’s a very short walk away from downtown Hood River and you get to do your activities in a place called Nichols Basin. Nichols Basin is like a little basin that’s fed by the Columbia River, so you’re kinda in the Columbia River but also a little protected from it.
3. Visit Rowena Crest Viewpoint
This is a must-do if you’re in Hood River. It’s a 25min drive away from Hood River but so worth it. It’s just a simple drive to amazing panoramic views of the river and the roads that wind up the hills. We also missed it.
4. Visit Panorama Point
5. Drive the Fruit Loop
The Fruit Loop is a 35mi scenic drive where you can drive to all the different farms, orchards, vineyards, and fruit stands.
Stave and Stone Winery
Hood River Lavender Farm
Apple Valley Country Store
Gorge White House
6. Walk around Downtown
Do a wine tasting
Eat ice cream
7. Visit Mount Hood National Forest
8. Visit Columbia River Gorge scenic area
Where to Stay
We stayed in an Airbnb right in the Hood River downtown area and I definitely staying within walking distance from the downtown shops. There are cute stores, ice cream open late, wineries for wine tasting, art galleries, and even a higher end Goodwill. You can grab a breakfast sandwich or a bagel sandwich to-go before you leave for your outdoor activities.
Am I missing anything? Let me know below!
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