Attractions & Activities in Hood River, Oregon

What activities in Hood River will captivate you and take you on the adventure of a lifetime? The go-to destination for foodies and thrill-seekers, Hood River is the Windsurfing Capital of the World, one of America's Most Scenic Regions, Best River Towns, and Best Outdoor Adventure Towns, to name a few of its accolades. Fall in love with the natural scenery of Columbia River Gorge from our eagle’s view two hundred feet above the water at Columbia Cliff Villas.

Chat with our front desk about their local recommendations and favorite things to do in Hood River, Oregon!

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Wind & Water Sports

With close to ideal wind conditions, Columbia River Gorge is known as the Windsurfing Capital of the world and attracts the largest events and challenges for the sport.

Rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfs, and kiteboards at a number of water sport shops by the water. 

Hood River Waterfront

There’s no shortage of things to see and do by the waterfront, including art walks, food trucks, paved walking trails, and as always, a stunning view of the gorge. Rent a variety of boats, kayaks, SUPs, and more at Big Winds!

Learn more about Columbia River Gorge’s top points of interest.

Wine Tastings

Enjoy a taste of Hood River and explore over 40 wineries and nationally known craft breweries! Bicycle between vineyards against the mountain background.

Visit renowned establishments like MountNbarrel and Full Sail Brewing.


Indulge in a golf getaway against the beautiful background of Columbia River Gorge. Our hotel is less than a ten-minute drive from top golf courses with interesting rounds of nine across creeks and through forests, as well as picturesque driving ranges for blowing off some steam.

Read more about local golf courses like Indian Creek Golf Club.

On the Mountain

Mt. Hood is definitely one of the top attractions in Hood River and overflows with year-round activities. Ski in Mt. Hood Meadows, hike around an alpine lake, mountain bike down steep elevations, and explore valleys of wildflowers and waterfalls.

Learn more about Mt. Hood.

Hiking & Cycling

Take the path less traveled, visit awe-inspiring look-out points with panoramic views, and truly embrace the natural spectacle of Hood River. Columbia River Gorge is filled with trails for travelers to hike and bike, whether on a challenging excursion or a pleasant afternoon.

See Hood River’s most popular trails

White Water Rafting

Take a heart-pumping trip down the river! Boasting some of the best rafting in the Pacific Northwest, take your group rafting out on White Salmon River. Accompanied by a trained guide, this once-in-a-lifetime experience is a must during your visit to the Gorge.

See White Water Rafting / Zoller’s Outdoor Odyssey.

Harvest Flavors

Fall in love with Hood River for your autumn getaway. As the weather cools, drive down the scenic Columbia River Highway to enjoy the autumn foliage and a taste of the local harvest. Pick pears, apples, cherries, and many more fruits, such as wine grapes.


Travelers gather in Hood River for a bountiful harvest, flower season, and wine tours throughout the year. Some of our favorite events for locals and visitors alike include:

See it all from above the raptors' perch at Columbia Cliff Villas. We invite you to fall in love with Oregon and experience all of our favorite year-round activities in Hood River during every season

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