The Gorge - an 80-mile stretche
of land that forms the border between northern Oregon and
southern Washington. Visitors and locals enjoy both the beauty
and recreation this region has to offer.
winds that whip through the Columbia River Gorge create ideal
windsurfing conditions. The City of Hood River is a windsurfing
hotspot with it's historic downtown with river view, the place
to shop, dine and stay. Hood River is the home of The Columbia
River Gorge Hotel, one of the worlds most glorious and romantic
hotels with a world famous 5 course farm breakfast diners
enjoy viewing the spectacular gorge from huge picture windows
in the art filled dining room.
River is also known for its Breweries, Wineries and Orchard's.
It's fruit loop tour winds through the Hood River Valley,
which produces, over 50% of the nations winter pears. Pippin
Apple and Cherry Orchards abound and blackberries grow wild
throughout Oregon. A ride on Mt. Hood Railroad will take travelers
toward snowcapped Mt. Hood with views of Washington's Mt.
Adams and lush green orchard valleys surrounded by forested
mountains and streams. Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, made
famous in the movie "The Shining", provide the skiing destination
for the area.
Dalles Oregon was the ancient fishing grounds Native American
people who first inhabited the Gorge, who fished it's rich
Salmon runs. Fort The Dalles was the first Military Outpost.
The Dalles was also a bustling port and was the home of the
famous Seufert Cannery. Steamboats once paddled there way
down the gorge complete with luxury accommodations and entertainment.
The Dalles is the home of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center,
Wasco County Historical Museum. It is a center of geological
study, with exhibits covering the history of the region and
the journey of Lewis and Clarke. Throughout the Historic downtown,
a series of murals tell the story of the native Americans,
and early settlers. Historic homes extend block by block from
the downtown near the river up the hillside to view homes
above that look out over the river. Rolling hills filled with
cherry orchards on the outskirts of The Dalles are framed
with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.