The annual salmon run is one of the Columbia River’s most fascinating sights. Every year salmon make their way upstream toward their birthplace to spawn and complete their life cycle. Eagle Creek is a good place to catch a glimpse of the salmon splashing around in shallow water.
Mt Hood pops into view whenever there’s a sunny day, exerting an almost magnetic tug on skiers, hikers and sightseers. Take a plane ride over the mountain or test your climbing mettle and head to the top – Mt Hood is the second-most-climbed peak over 10,000ft in the world.
This gorgeous historic lodge on the flanks of Mt Hood is more a community treasure than a hotel. Built in the 1930s using locally sourced stone and timber, Timberline Lodge emphasizes the natural beauty of the area. Its iconic facade was also the star of the movie The Shining.
The Fruit Loop is a scenic stretch of the Hood River Valley dotted with fruit stands, u-pick orchards, lavender fields, vineyards and alpaca farms. Hood River U-Pick is a charming family farm on the loop, offering berries, tomatoes, apples and cherries all ripe for the picking.
Historic Hwy 30 could easily be nicknamed ‘Waterfall Alley’ for the sheer number of cascades tumbling over mossy basalt cliffs. Latourell Falls (249ft) is the first one you’ll encounter driving east from Portland. It’s a quick 10-minute hike to reach it, or you can go a mile to the top.
Salt & Straw’s Tyler Malek has created over 130 flavors of ice cream, including Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon, and Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, making his artisanal ice cream shop a must-stop on any trip to Portland.