Arriving by Air
Portland International Airport (PDX) is a hub for Alaska Airlines and is served by most major airlines- offering direct flights and connecting flights all around the world.
Drive time from Portland to Hood River is one easy hour, along the beautiful and scenic Columbia River. From NE Airport Way turn onto I-205 S. In approximately 3 miles follow signs for I-84 E and continue for 53 miles to downtown Hood River.
Hampton Inn & Suites , our lodging sponsor, is ideally located 600 meters from the start/finish line along the Columbia River. Enjoy the added bonus of being next to the pedestrian pathway that takes you downtown for Saturday Nights packet pickup at Shortt Supply and to the many fabulous Hood River restaurants- the 5 minute walk saves you from having to find parking and deal with traffic. Call 541-436-1600
Cousins Country Inn, our other area lodging partner is located in The Dalles, Oregon. Just an 18 minute drive from the venue Cousins offers clean comfortable lodging and the most amazing pricing you will find anywhere. Call 800-848-9378 - make sure and let them know you are participating in the event for availability and great pricing rates. NOTE: You will not be given special pricing if you book online- you must call and let them know you are an event participant.
Food & Drink
There are many excellent dinning options in Hood River here is a list on Trip Advisor, or venture a little ways out of town and visit White Salmon, Washington for an expansive perspective on the Columbia River.
Great beer and pub food with a view is typically a crowd-pleaser, so check out our sponsor Full Sail Brewing.
Breweries abound in the Columbia River Gorge- if your a beer fan you'll want to check out a few of these 12 local breweries.
Over 30 wineries to discover from the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range and further east as the terrain transitions to the dessert region of Washington & Oregon. Learn more at Columbia Gorge Winegrowers.
Hood River is world renowned fruit growing valley- an easy adventure through the valley is to drive the Fruit Loop and sample the many varieties of cherries, peaches, apples and pears.