Enjoy breathtaking scenic vistas, abundant wildlife, and a variety of terrains and ecosystems in the picturesque Columbia River Gorge area. Located on the border of Oregon and Washington, this canyon created by the Columbia River offers countless recreational opportunities, including the popular Dog Mountain Trail. The 6.9-mile modified loop trail with a 2,800-foot elevation gain is best suited to experienced hikers and well-conditioned dogs, but those reaching the summit are rewarded with amazing views of the gorge below, as well as Mount Saint Helens to the northwest and Mount Hood to the south. Plan a visit in May or June when the wildflowers are in peak bloom. For less experienced hikers, a visit to Multnomah Falls is in order. Park near the base of the falls for easy access to the 611-foot cascading waterfall, or hike up the paved trail to Benson Bridge for a closer view of the water.
Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River, the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn offers comfortable guest rooms with private balconies or pet-friendly patios. The property boasts an assortment of amenities, including a private beach, pool, and spa. Fido will appreciate the large grassy lawn and riverside walking path.
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