Waterfalls are nice, if you like that sort of thing.

The Columbia River Gorge is filled with them, from Crown Point to the Fruit Loop, all just a short drive from Portland. Multnomah Falls. Horsetail Bridal Veil. Ponytail.

But if you get tired of watching waterfalls, you can visit the small towns to see their famous craft breweries turn some of that water into the best handmade beers on earth.

And you don’t actually have to be good at winter sports to enjoy Mt. Hood. You can just walk around.

There’s a lot to check out when you’re 11,000 feet above sea level: deep forests, glassy lakes, meadows and valleys that grow wildflowers in spring and perfect fruit in fall.

But if you do enjoy skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, Mt. Hood having the longest ski season in North America is going to come in handy no matter what time of year you visit Oregon.

This region is home to two subregions: Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.

Mt. Hood / The Gorge

Mt. Hood / The Gorge: Oregon's tallest peak and mightiest river

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Trillium Lake

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Oregon's Mt. Hood / Gorge Region