Enjoy this Oregon 3-day getaway starting in Troutdale, known as the ”Oregon Gateway to the Gorge,” stop by the Columbia Gorge Outlets open air shopping center known for top brand names. As you drive into the beautiful Columbia Gorge on I-84, take exit 18 and make your way to the Vista House for an incredible view looking down the Columbia River. Continue east on the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway on “waterfall alley” for a scenic drive and hiking trails. Heading east on I-84, visit the town of Cascade Locks and stop by Thunder Island Brewing for lunch, beer and a view. Plan ahead and schedule a ride on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge for a boat cruise to enjoy the scenery and learn the history of the Columbia River Gorge. Next stop, Hood River, a small quaint hip little town with so much to do. Book a room at Columbia Cliff Villas or Westcliff Lodge, both offering amazing views of the Gorge. Visit the Hood River Chamber website for a complete listing of dining options . Enjoy your evening.

Start the day with breakfast downtown at BroderOst, known for its unique Nordic inspired menu. Enjoy shopping and stop by Doug’s and Pure Stoke for unique sports gear, clothing and accessories. After lunch, consider renting an ebike at Mountain View Cycles and ride the car-free historic highway or go on a guided bike tour with Northwest Excursions. Call Explore the Gorge if you want a guided tour of wineries or a scenic drive so you can relax and let the driver do the work. Maybe go wine tasting at Cathedral Ridge Winery. Tropicannabis is in Hood River if you want to visit a legal cannabis store. If you are a whiskey fan, visit Hood River Distillers tasting room in downtown Hood River. For a scenic drive on your way to your overnight stay in The Dalles, take exit 69 off I-84 east to Mosier for a drive along the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway. Stop by Garnier Vineyards for more wine tasting. Arriving in The Dalles, check in to the Holiday Inn Express for your nights stay. Visit The Dalles Chamber website for a complete listing of dining options. Enjoy your evening.

Head south on Hwy 197 south for a scenic drive to the historic town of Dufur and visit the Balch Hotel. Continue onto Hwy 44 west to explore the Fruit Loop and Mt Hood as you meander north on Hwy 35 back to Hood River. If you want to take a side trip and play golf, travel on Hwy 26 towards Welches to the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort,then venture back to Portland, Oregon.

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