Introducing Hood River
One of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding destinations in the world is the dynamic town of Hood River. Strong river currents, prevailing westerly winds and a vast body of water provide the perfect conditions for these wind sports, attracting sometimes hundreds of photogenic enthusiasts who zip back and forth across the wide Columbia River.
But Hood River offers more than awesome winds. South of town, the Hood River drains a wide fertile valley planted with orchards. During spring, the area fills with the scent and color of pink and white blossoms, and roadside fruit stands peddle apples, pears, cherries, berries and vegetables. Premier wineries have also taken hold in the region, providing good wine-tasting opportunities. Hwy 35, which traverses the valley, continues south 40 miles to Mt Hood, Oregon's best-known mountain and a mecca for more great outdoor activities.