Given its northwestern location on the Columbia River, Cascade Locks is often regarded as the gateway to Hood River County. From your Columbia Gorge vacation rental in Cascade Locks, you'll be surrounded by the jaw-dropping vistas of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, where you'll discover an area renowned as a stellar place for sailing and windsurfing. But that's not all! In addition to its own airport, Cascade Locks has great dining, a marina and boat launch, grocery stores and shops. For sailors, there are the Columbia Gorge Racing Association Regattas. Cyclists can show their stuff on the Cascade-to-Crown Bicycle Ride. At Marine Park, you can hop on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and experience the river the way old timers like Mark Twain did. Or, head over to the Historical Museum and check out the artifacts, photographs, and history of the region. Cascade Locks really is a gateway to the region, with a central location that makes it easy to explore both urban attractions and outdoor adventures. It's less than an hour to Portland and only 20 minutes to Hood River, so there's always a great restaurant or award-winning brewery within easy reach. On the Oregon side of the Gorge, numerous hikes lead to hidden waterfalls - or the not-so-hidden Multnomah Falls, the second tallest in the nation and only 13 miles from Cascade Locks. Just across the town's Bridge of the Gods, on the Washington side of the Columbia, more strenuous adventures beckon with steeper trails leading up to panoramic viewpoints at Beacon Rock and Table Mountain. Cascade Locks, though, is the lowest point on the Pacific Crest Trail, a journey that takes hikers from the Mexican border in California to the Canadian border. Each August, the city hosts a fundraiser for the trail on Thunder Island in the Columbia. If you're around in November, kick-start your holiday spirit with the annual "Lighting of the Bridge," when the structure is decked out in its holiday garb. In December, the city finishes its Christmas decorating with its "Festival of Light." No matter what time of year you stay in a Cascade Locks vacation rental, you're in for a memorable, fun-filled getaway!