There is a lot to see and do in Hood River, OR. As America’s “Outdoor Playground,” you will find no shortage of incredible views, beautiful scenery, and panoramic lookouts. One of the best spots in the entire Hood River Valley to take it all in is the drive-up scenic viewpoint at Panorama Point County Park, a must-see during your time here.
A Park with a View
This Panorama Point County Park in Hood River may be small, but it makes up for it in a big way. As its name implies, it features sweeping panoramic views of the entire Hood River Valley, stretching out before you in all its scenic beauty. Take in the views from Mt. Hood to Mt. Adams, and be sure to snap plenty of pictures. Spread out before you are more than 15,000 acres of orchards, vineyards, and rural farmland; in the springtime, the early April blossoms and the vibrant fruit trees are not to be missed. A short walk around the park is a great way to stretch your legs, and interpretive signs sponsored by the county provide unique and interesting insight into the fascinating geology of the region. Learn about how the volcanic activity and glaciations shaped the unique landscape before you, and then how the brave settlers of the 19th century came to call this place home.
Panorama Point County Park Facilities
The park is handicap accessible and has ample parking for visitors (it is a popular scenic outlook, after all). Restrooms and picnic areas are on site, making this an ideal excursion for the entire family. Located on Highway 35, one of our favorite things to do is stop at one of the self-pick orchards or berry farms along the way and stock up on apples, pears, berries, or whatever is in season. Grab a cold refreshing drink (local wines and beers are world-renowned, and many of the farms sell delicious lemonades as well) and make it a delightful picnic in the park as you in take in one of the fabulous Hood River sunsets from this ultimate vantage point.
An easy drive from the premium vacation rentals offered by Arrived Now, Panorama Point Country Park is one of the best – and easiest – ways to soak in the incredible natural beauty of the Hood River Valley.