Getting there


How Do I Get To Vela Hood River?

Hood River, Oregon is in the Northwest of the US, about an hour's drive from Portland, right in the heart of the Columbia River National Scenic Area and on the southbank of the Columbia River, a natural border separating most of Oregon State and Washington State, and playground to wind-sports enthusiasts for decades. Summertime in the Gorge is so BEAUTIFUL that most of us locals find it hard to leave town anytime between mid-May and mid-September. Getting here couldn't be easier. This page is subdivided into the following topics:

Flying to Portland International (PDX)

Portland International airport (PDX) can be reached on many different carriers, so search around for the best flight specials well in advance. Once you get the PDX you'll find that this medium-sized and ultra-modern terminal is quite easy to navigate: you'll soon be outside and on your way ... to pick up a rental car.

Portland International airport (PDX) can be reached on many different carriers, so search around for the best flight specials well in advance. Once you get the PDX you'll find that this medium-sized and ultra-modern terminal is quite easy to navigate: you'll soon be outside and on your way ... to pick up a rental car.

Although airporter shuttles and other forms of public transportation COULD help get you to Hood River, you will find that having a rental car is a very good idea to get around town. Not to mention to explore the many varied sailing launch sites up and down the river!

After you have your bags in hand, make your way to the car rental counters, most of which are located across the skywalk on the 2nd-level of the airport terminal. Once you have found your car rental provider, simply ask them for directions to the I-84 (exit the airport, get to 205 South, then East on I-84 ...) and you will be a short 1 hour's drive from Hood River!

Note that there are SO MANY great things to see along the way as you drive the final 40 miles along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, including dozens of waterfalls and amazing hikes in both state park and national forest lands: all right off the highway!

 

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