December 30, 2019
Three Scenic Oregon Byways lead to the Old Parkdale Inn
By: Mary Pellegrini
Travel to the Old Parkdale Inn by way of three Oregon's Scenic Byways. One goes around the south side of Mt Hood. One goes through the Columbia River Gorge. And for the sustainable traveler the Historic Columbia River Scenic Byway and the Mt Hood Scenic Byway have been combined to create one of six Electric Byways in Oregon the Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge Electric Byway
The Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway is a national treasure, each viewpoint so protected that people come from all over the world to marvel at its wonder. Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway began in 1913 and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age. When the highway first opened in 1916, Teddy Roosevelt praised its scenic grandeur and remarkable engineering. And The Illustrated London News went on to call it “the king of roads.” With its mossy stone walls and graceful viaducts winding past dozens of waterfalls, this All-American Road still reigns as one of the world’s most glorious drives.
The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway takes visitors on a majestic route around the edge of Mt. Hood, the highest point in Oregon, crowned as one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders. The now-dormant volcano is believed to have been formed 11 to 14 million years ago and is home to 12 glaciers and the source for five rivers that run into the Columbia.
Any way you travel to get here know that we are ready for you.
Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest. After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn. Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet. We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like. We now have EV and Tesla Chargers for guest use.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Area, offering multi-night packages and access to discounted lift tickets. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.