Located along the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is a vibrant small town with a strong outdoor vibe. The main attraction is the beauty of the surrounding area. Spectacular waterfalls line the gorge, basalt cliffs run high above the blue water of the Columbia River, and Mt. Hood hovers in the background. Add to this the pastoral scene created by orchards and rolling fields, and this is an incredible area for sightseeing and outdoor recreation. If you are looking for things to do, you’ll find no shortage of options. Take a train trip through the countryside; hit the hiking trails along the Columbia River Gorge; enjoy the river full-heartedly, either by kiteboarding or windsurfing; take a drive along a scenic route; and in winter, head to Mt. Hood for skiing and other snow sports. For a complete overview, see our list of top attractions in Hood River.
One of the most stunning sights in the Hood River area is the picture-perfect Multnomah Falls, just west of Hood River, along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. If you have time to see only one waterfall, this is the one. Tumbling 620 feet, these spectacular falls are framed midway by narrow, tree-covered rock walls, and spanned by the Benson Bridge. The falls are conveniently located just off the highway and they require no hiking to see. The Benson Bridge and upper viewing platform are closed due to the damage from the Eagle Creek fire in September of 2017. The lower viewing area and plaza at the base are open.