You Will Love The Breathtaking Fall Foliage On This Oregon Train Ride

With lockdowns due to the virus, and horrific wildfires burning across the state of Oregon, finding things to do has been extremely limited to say the least. Just in time for the first day of fall in Oregon, we have found one activity everyone can enjoy, no matter what your age.

The fall foliage in Northern Oregon is nothing short of incredible, and you will experience the best of it on this gorgeous train ride with Mount Hood Railroad Company. Come climb on board for the two-hour ride through orchards, luscious forest, and vineyards of Oregon.

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Located just outside of Portland, Mount Hood Railroad offers round-trip excursions as well as seasonal special events. Their trips offer a thousand picture perfect views of snow-capped Mount Hood and capturing the nostalgia of classic American train travel along the way.

Departing at the charming town of Hood River, your excursion begins.

The depot has a long history in Oregon, as it was built in 1911 and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The pride of the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company that had merged its lines with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1910, it was reincarnated as the Mount Hood Railroad Depot in 1987.

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Mt. Hood Railroad Depot Circa 1910 |

During the train ride, passengers will enjoy a delicious meal made from local ingredients.

From their website:

The Mount Hood Railroad embraces the tradition and allure of railroad dining. Implementing service standard set forth by The Pullman Company at the turn of the century, guests aboard our dining trains can expect a level of service that exceeds expectations.

With the Pullman Table, the food served on board our will undergo a transformation to focus more on the bounty of the Columbia River Valley. We will work with local brewers and wineries and locally produced chocolate. We are working to source things like fresh salmon and cheese from local creameries to seasonal berries and vegetables grown mere miles from the railroad, we are ready to transform your idea of rail dining.

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Keeping everyone safe during the pandemic

Mount Hood Railroad instituted some changes this season to help keep our staff, guests, and community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. They include:

  • Practicing social distancing at all times.
  • Booking seats as far apart as possible (subject to passenger numbers), but always with a minimum of 3 feet between passengers.
  • Staggering table seating so you will never have anyone opposite you or across the aisle.
  • Mandating face masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking in assigned seats.
  • Reducing excursion times from 5 hours to an hour.
  • Cleaning at least every four hours and in between train rides.

Tickets are on sale now!

Enjoy a historic, unique train ride through the lower Hood River Valley. Leaving the valley floor you will cross and ride along 3 miles of the lower main fork of the Hood River while we navigate a 3% grade that takes you on one of only five switchbacks remaining in the United States. All the while, you’ll be enjoying peek-a-boo views of Mt Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak.

Hit the link here for more detailed info, and to purchase tickets.

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Tyler James, founder of That Oregon Life, is a true Oregon native whose love for his state runs deep. Since the inception of the blog in 2013, his unbridled passion for outdoor adventures and the natural beauty of Oregon has been the cornerstone of his work. As a father to two beautiful children, Tyler is always in pursuit of new experiences to enrich his family’s life. He curates content that not only reflects his adventures but also encourages others to set out and create precious memories in the majestic landscapes of Oregon. Tyler's vision and guidance are integral to his role as publisher and editor, shaping the blog into a source of inspiration for exploring the wonders of Oregon.