LThere is an incredible amount of interesting things to do, beautiful sites to see, and fun activities in the Columbia Gorge area. Many attractions are within easy reach of the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.
The links below offer more detailed information on a sampling of nearby attractions and activities. Of course, once you are here, our friendly staff can provide more information and point you in the right direction.
Bonneville Lock and Dam spans the Columbia River between Washington and Oregon. The structure was built in the mid-1930s for the primary functions of power generation and river navigation.
The second highest year-round waterfall in the United States at 611 feet, Multnomah Falls is one of Oregon’s most popular attractions. Day pass is required to visit the falls during peak summer season. Details here
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area surrounds the Hood River area, encompassing 92,500 acres from the mouths of the Sandy River to the west and the Deschutes River to the east in both Oregon and Washington. The protections of the Scenic Area Act keep the Gorge a special place. Explore this spectacular river canyon.
Mount Hood National Forest
The Mt. Hood National Forest offers a huge variety of world-class recreational activities, including skiing, hiking, boating, rafting, climbing, backpacking, horseback riding and fishing, all in 1,067,043 acres of unsurpassed beauty.
Lost Lake Resort
Located on the north side of Mt. Hood, Lost Lake offers fishing, boat and canoe rentals (motors strictly prohibited), mountain biking, hiking and access to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
A wilderness in SW Washington that is home to 110,000 acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Oregon State Parks
There are numerous Oregon State Parks in the vicinity, including Mayer State Park, the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Koberg Beach State Recreation Site, Starvation Creek State Park, and Viento State Park.
Washington State Parks
Local Washington State Parks nearby include the Goldendale Observatory, Maryhill State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, Doug’s Beach, Spring Creek Hatchery, and Beacon Rock.
Over thirty regional wineries and tasting rooms are located within a 40 mile stretch in the Columbia Gorge wine growing region, where amazingly diverse growing conditions nurture a wide variety of grapes for world-class wine production.
Hood River County Fruit Loop
The Hood River County Fruit Loop will take you through some of the most scenic vistas you can imagine as you tour the Hood River Valley, with fruit stands, alpaca and llama farms, markets, wineries – the list goes on in our fertile agricultural area.
Mount Hood Railroad
Spectacular, scenic train rides are a unique way to enjoy the historic Hood River Valley.
Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge
Scenic Columbia River cruises are offered from Cascade Locks, with dinner, brunch or sightseeing cruises.
The Ski Oregon website shares an abundance of information about about winter recreation in the mountains of Oregon.
Gorge Golf Courses
Indian Creek Golf Course is an 18-Hole Four-Star Golf Course just minutes from the Hood River Inn.
Hood River Golf Course is an 18-Hole course built in 1923 just 5 miles from the Hood River Inn.
Elk Ridge Golf Course is an 18-Hole links style course 30 minutes west of the Hood River Inn in Washington, state.
Check them out on our golf page.
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Mt. Hood’s largest ski area, Mt. Hood Meadows offers the most spectacular and varied terrain in the region in 2,150 acres. Check out our ski page.
Big Fish Guide Service
Big Fish Guides Service offers full day fishing trips on the Columbia River for Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon, Fall Chinook, Walleye, Spring Salmon, Kings and Coho.
Whitewater rafting is incredible on a number of nearby rivers. Local outfitters
Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys will treat you right! Check out our rafting page!
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
Check out Hood River Waterplay’s lessons, and also receive a discount on your room with a confirmed lesson. Check out the details on our Watersports page.
Columbia Gorge Wind and Water Association
From paved biking to mountain bike trails, the Columbia River Gorge and Cascade mountain trails offer endless opportunities for adventure on two wheels. Many bicycle shops in the area have expert staff members that can steer you in the right direction for road or mountain biking in the Gorge. For more information, visit here.
As Hood River’s premier wine country bike tour, we work hard alongside our partners to offer an exclusive way for our guests to experience the best of what The Gorge has to offer ‘ like a local. We make your safe planning and satisfaction our priority, so all you have to do is show up!
Martin’s Gorge Tours
Due to the Gorge’s unique geology and its variety of growing conditions, the diversity of wine grapes are unlikely to be matched anywhere else. Martin’s can provide a great wine tour.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
The official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Columbia Gorge Center offers family fun with exhibits and events that include Lewis & Clark’s expedition, an ice age geology, prehistoric mega-mammals, the Oregon Trail, and Native American art.
Columbia Center for the Arts
The Columbia Center for the Arts includes an Art Gallery with rotating exhibits, art education, theater productions in CAST Theater, and other events.
Hood River History Museum
Located within walking distance from the Hood River Inn, The History Museum showcases local history, including Native American history and culture and settlement of the area, up to modern times.
Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum
WAAAM will blow you mind! This amazing museum has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. The items on display at this museum are not only full of history, they’re full of LIFE!
Oregon Road Conditions
Oregon Department of Transportation Road Reports.
Washington Road Conditions
Washington Department of Transportation Road Reports.
National Weather Service forecast for Western Gorge
National Weather Service forecast for Eastern Gorge