Travel by Train Around Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge
The Mount Hood Railroad offers year-round excursions for families including scenic tours, holiday-themed excursions, and fun dinner tours from Hood River, Oregon.
Mount Hood Railroad scenic tours and excursions show off the natural beauty of Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge. The tours are offered with various themes and activities ranging from scenic tours to the base of Mt. Hood or a Western Train Robbery or Murder Mystery excursion or dinner and brunch rides. Excursions last from a few hours to most of the day and pricing varies. Dinner and brunch tours provide guests with immaculate food and magnificent views.
Some of the most popular tours at Mount Hood Railroad are the special events tours. Special events include holiday-themed tours for the seasons like a ride to the Pumpkin Patch or Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl Express. The Fruit Blossom tour is a great way to enjoy April apple and pear blossom, the fruit for which the Hood River Valley is best known.
Children enjoy riding the Mount Hood Railroad, especially on the Thomas theme train and the Polar Express. Children must be accompanied by an adult when on the train. Restrooms are located on the trains.
The Polar Express Tour
Perhaps the most memorable trip offered by Mount Hood Railroad is the Polar Express. From mid-November until Christmas, the Polar Express delights children of all ages as the Christmas story comes alive. Children can meet Santa and his elves as he tours the train on this magical trip. Hot cocoa and treats are served as children listen to the story read aloud. The Polar Express excursion fills up fast so those interested should contact Mount Hood Railroad before the tickets are sold-out. Many families are beginning to make the Polar Express tour a Christmas tradition in the Northwest.
Hood River, Oregon
The Mount Hood Railroad depot is located in historic Hood River, Oregon. Located in the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is 60 miles east of Portland, OR on Interstate 84 and 30 miles north of Mt Hood. Mt. Hood towers above Hood River providing a beautiful backdrop to the town. Visitors to Hood River find many opportunities for fun and adventure with plenty of activities and adventures both indoor and outdoor, such as windsurfing and shopping Historic Downtown. Hood River also offers excellent restaurants and microbrew beers.