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Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge

Mount Hood

One of Oregon’s prime points of interest, Mount Hood, is located approximately 90 minutes outside of Portland on the border between Clackamas and Hood River counties. Mount Hood stands at 11,239 feet (3,425 meters). It is the highest point and mountain peak in the state of Oregon and the second most climbed mountain in the world (second only to Japan’s holy Mt. Fujiyama). This so-called mountain is actually a dormant stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. Mount Hood’s last major eruption was on September 21, 1865. 

Today, it is mostly a place for enjoying outdoor recreation. Mt. Hood’s slopes beg to be climbed, skied, snowboarded, and hiked. Its many lakes and rivers cry out to be canoed, swum, and fished. Its foothills offer orchards, farms full of fresh ingredients, and exotic wildflowers. Mount Hood is also well-known for its geology, history, natural environment, and culture, as these characteristics have not only helped to shape northwest Oregon but the entire Pacific Northwest.

Columbia River Gorge

You’d be hard-pressed to find vistas as stunning as these. At the western end of the Gorge, the view from Crown Point is a front-row seat to the mighty Columbia as it unfurls and cuts through the Cascade mountains. From the dozens of awe-inspiring waterfalls spill from basalt cliffs, lining the Historic Columbia River Highway, like the famous Multnomah, Bridal Veil, and Latourell Falls. The landscape seems to grow bigger, grander, and brighter as it rolls east.

Bring your sense of adventure because the Gorge is made for exploring. Walk along a waterfront, discover hidden waterfalls, follow the wildflowers at Rowena Crest, or challenge yourself with a trek up Dog Mountain. It’s hard to resist water sports on the Columbia, especially when Hood River is known as the windsurfing capital of the world. But the Columbia River Gorge isn’t just spectacular scenery. There’s plenty of hand-crafted beer and farm-fresh dining too.

Hood River

Hood River is the go-to destination for foodies, trekkers, historians, and adrenaline junkies. Called the windsurfing capital of the world, Hood River is located at the panoramic crossroads of the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Range.

It’s chock-full of scenic hiking and mountain biking trails, craft breweries, wineries, and farm-to-table bounty. Go where your appetite leads you! And with Hood River brimming with diverse food fare, it won’t be hard to find the most filling farm-to-table bites with the freshest ingredients sourced locally. So no matter if you’re in search of the best breakfast, lunch, or dinner, your taste buds are sure to score a treat. 

Did you know? Hood River is the nation’s largest exporter of pears. Discover the delicious story of local orchards, farms, and fields on the Hood River Fruit Loop and far beyond.

Mill City

Mill City is a great little town. It’s got that off-the-beaten track, locals-only, undiscovered territory kind of charm. Mill City may not be as popular as other towns and cities in Oregon, but don’t let that fool you. Mill City is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

During your time in Mill City, we highly recommend planning a day of Whitewater and River Rafting on the Santiam River. This seven-mile section of the river is made up of class I-II+ rapids and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. Guides will give you a great introduction to river paddling on a pristine Oregon river.

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