Serious windsurfers have given Hood River a reputation as a top place to test their mettle, and it's also the gateway to a scenic and productive fruit-growing region. During the harvest season (September-October), local orchards, fruit stands and wineries offer special samplings. More than 15,000 acres of fruit-tree orchards provide 40% of the nation's pears. Be sure to take the Hood River Fruit Loop, a 35-mi/56-km scenic drive through the area's orchards, vineyards and farms.
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