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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Waterfall
“The Columbia Gorge boasts a multitude of hikes and sites, the most famous of which is the picturesque 600-foot-tall Multnomah Falls. It can get crowded during the spring and summer, but there are plenty of other beautiful options just miles from it. Be sure to check with sites like Gorge Friends to find which hikes are open after 2017’s catastrophic fires, and don’t even think for a second about bringing fireworks or anything similarly flammable.”
  • 299 locals recommend
Park
“Starting just 30 miles east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers amazing vistas, trails and more than 90 waterfalls including the famous Multnomah Falls.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake is one of several Interpretive Centers located on the Spirit Lake Highway with information about the volcano. The Forest Learning Center, operated by Weyerhaeuser is located at milepost 37. The Science Learning Center, operated by the Mount St. Helens Institute is at milepost 43. The Johnston Ridge Observatory, operated by the U.S. Forest Service is at milepost 52,”
  • 29 locals recommend
Waterfall
“A great day trip to the Columbia Gorge with a stunning and much photograhed waterfall and historic lodge”
  • 73 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Everyone LOVES this place right across the street from the mighty Columbia River....”
  • 55 locals recommend
Cafe
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“We love to grab pizza & find a picnic table in the family park (across from restaurant & close to the riverside). Very popular restaurant in a new, trendy, riverside development!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Favorite supermarket! Right down the road. There’s also Safeway & Walmart in Hood River. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“In the summer it is a great place to sit outside and sip coffee in the morning or to meet friends for a cocktail and dinner.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“A hangout for locals and tourists. Stroll along the Columbia River and watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers on a windy day. Also good for biking or swimming. Get a beer at Pfriem afterward!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bakery
“Pine street serves Nossa coffee (Portland roasted) and is the best spot for a fast, or grab and go breakfast. I am particularly fond of their cinnamon roll, unfrosted yet all the rolls are gooey-cinnamon perfection. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is place that started it all. Hood River's original brewery, and it has great food and possibly one of the best views. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Winery
“Great little winery, relaxing atmosphere. Good quality snacking as well. Nice environment no matter what season it is.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Full service grocery store with a deli, pharmacy, floral department, Starbucks and Wells Fargo bank. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, The Ape Caves, Lava Tube and Interpretive Center are popular attractions in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles in length. The Ape Caves are located on the south side of Mount St. Helens and accessed through Woodland. Go up highway 503 past Cougar. Driving time from I-5 and highway 504 where all the Mount St. Helens Visitor Centers are to the Ape Cave is just over an hour. The Ape Caves are open year-round though the parking lot gets snowed in during the winter. This attraction is very popular with East Coast visitors.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My wife and I met here - says it all. Great food, great people. Our kids go to school with Brian's kids. Local food, local ingredients, full bar, local draft beers and wine. Get the calamari! Plus there's the Underground Bar open late. $$-$$$”
  • 22 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Is the coziest coffee shop around and a local favorite. Spacious seating makes this a good location for travelers who need WiFi and a quiet place to work, while simultaneously being the best place for families with young children. Dog River proudly serves Stumptown Coffee, has a $4.00 breakfast burrito and a play area for small children. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Everyone LOVES this place right across the street from the mighty Columbia River....”
  • 55 locals recommend
Cafe
“We love to grab pizza & find a picnic table in the family park (across from restaurant & close to the riverside). Very popular restaurant in a new, trendy, riverside development!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In the summer it is a great place to sit outside and sip coffee in the morning or to meet friends for a cocktail and dinner.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bakery
“Pine street serves Nossa coffee (Portland roasted) and is the best spot for a fast, or grab and go breakfast. I am particularly fond of their cinnamon roll, unfrosted yet all the rolls are gooey-cinnamon perfection. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“This is place that started it all. Hood River's original brewery, and it has great food and possibly one of the best views. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My wife and I met here - says it all. Great food, great people. Our kids go to school with Brian's kids. Local food, local ingredients, full bar, local draft beers and wine. Get the calamari! Plus there's the Underground Bar open late. $$-$$$”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Two for Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm. All entrees are buy one and get the 2nd free of equal or lesser value. No reservations needed. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great atmosphere with excellent beer, sandwiches and salads. Oh and don't forget the beer!!”
  • 17 locals recommend

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