Hood River, Oregon
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Wind surfing capital of the world is Hood River's latest distinction. Previously known for growing luscious apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits, and for the view of the majestic snowcapped peak of Mt. Hood, Hood River has become the destination of choice for wind surfers from around the world. The winds from the Columbia River Gorge, best during the middle of the day, create ideal conditions for riding the waves. To enjoy the view of "boardheads" at play, drive to the Columbia Gorge Sailpark or follow Second Street to the waterfront.

The Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad offers trips through the beautiful apple and pear orchards in the area. The circa 1910 railcars are pulled by a diesel locomotive along the route of an old fruit train line through the scenic valley between Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. The seasonal opening of the train is during the Hood River Blossom Festival, towards the end of April.

There are many orchards and vineyards in Hood River. People from all over Oregon make an annual trek in the fall to the many farm stands to stock up on fresh apples and pears. Other produce is available, and varies by season. The award-winning Hood River Vineyards is located on a hillside overlooking the Hood River Valley. Their tasting room features traditional wines, and fruit liqueurs. Group tours are available by appointment (541-386-3772).

Come to windsurf. Come to taste the juicy fruit. Or, just come to experience the splendor of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. For all these reasons and more, come to visit Hood River.


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    At Panorama Point, visitors can see the finest views of beautiful forests, scenic Mt. Hood, and the fruit orchards of the Hood River Valley. Located south of Hood River on Highway 35, it is part of the Mt. Hood Loop tour.

    The Mt. Hood Loop tour winds around the foot of Mt. Hood, over streams, through thickly wooded forests, and along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area past many waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls. This two hour tour will give you a taste of the recreational opportunities available in the Hood River area.

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