Sandy

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The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway winds through the town of Sandy and along the river of the same name (first called Quicksand River by the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery). During the 1840s, more than 50,000 hardy pioneers passed through here along the historic Barlow Road — the last leg of the Oregon Trail. With the ever-present, glorious peak of Mt. Hood dominating the land, low-key Sandy claims its own special appeal — its unique shops, music fairs and cuisine vie for attention right along with an abundance of snow, forest and river activities in the outdoors.

Mt. Hood / The Gorge

Sandy is located in Mt. Hood / The Gorge, home to the towering cliffs and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge and the snowy peak of Mt. Hood.

This area includes the nearby subregion: Mt. Hood.

Nearby cities are: Estacada, Troutdale, Damascus, and Gresham.

an Oregon StoryRoad Trip: Sandy

by Eileen Garvin / October 10, 2016

Once a rustic trading post stopover, modern-day Sandy boasts a vibrant community well worth a visit.

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an Oregon StoryExplore the Gorge Beer Trail

by Eileen Garvin / July 22, 2016

Lewis and Clark explored it by 19th-century canoe, and Sam Hill created the Historic Columbia River Highway for curious 20th-century day-trippers. These days, the Columbia River Gorge is increasingly becoming a destination for hoppy adventure. With…

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an Oregon StoryRide the Sandy Ridge Trail

by Eileen Garvin / June 27, 2013

As a dirt lover, I’ve been hankering to check out the Sandy Ridge Trail, which holds a special place as the mountain biking single-track closest to Portland. Located just east of the town of Sandy on the southwest flank of Mt. Hood, the system’s…

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a Grant’s GetawayMt. Hood History and Huckleberries

by Grant McOmie / July 31, 2015

Early morning when air is cool and scenery quiet Mt. Hood is a marvel! It’s my favorite time of day to get a jump start at a place that is filled with adventures. The firststop is Government Camp, one of many small villages that ring the…

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Find things to see and do In Sandy

  1.     Attractions
    1.     Amusement Parks
    2.     Aquariums & Zoos
    3.     Art Galleries & Studios
    4.     Casinos
    5.     Movies and TV filmed in Oregon
    6.     Museums & Interpretive Centers
    7.     Outdoors & Nature
    8.     Performing Arts
    9.     Shopping
    10.     Theater
    11.     Tour Companies & Guides
  2.     Recreation
    1.     Birding
    2.     Camping
    3.     Cycling
    4.     Fishing
    5.     Golf
    6.     Guides & Charters
      1.     Back Country Guides
      2.     Bicycle Guides
      3.     Charter Boats
      4.     Fishing Guides
      5.     Hunting Guides
      6.     Jet Boat Charters
      7.     Outdoor Guides
      8.     Whitewater Guides
    7.     Hiking
    8.     Indoor Sports
    9.     Jet Boating
    10.     Kayaking
    11.     Oregon Winter Trips
    12.     Rafting
    13.     Snow Sports
    14.     Sustainable Travel
  3.     Eat & Drink
    1.     Artisan Producers
    2.     Beer & Breweries
    3.     Cideries
    4.     Coffee & Tea
    5.     Culinary Experiences
    6.     Distilleries
    7.     Farmers' Markets
    8.     Farms & Farm Stays
    9.     Oregon Food Trips
    10.     Picking & Foraging
    11.     Ranches & Ranch Stays
    12.     Restaurants
      1.     American
      2.     Asian Fusion
      3.     Cajun / Creole
      4.     Chinese
      5.     French Bistros
      6.     Greek
      7.     Irish
      8.     Italian
      9.     Japanese
      10.     Latino
      11.     Mediterranean
      12.     Pacific Northwest
      13.     Pizza
      14.     Seafood
      15.     Southern
      16.     Thai
    13.     Seafood
    14.     Wineries & Wine
  4.     Oregon Heritage
    1.     Covered Bridges
    2.     Ghost Towns
    3.     Heritage Areas
    4.     Heritage Museums
    5.     Indian Country
    6.     Lighthouses
    7.     Old West & Oregon Trail
  5.     Natural Wonders
    1.     Bodies of Water
      1.     Lakes & Reservoirs
      2.     Rivers
      3.     Waterfalls
    2.     Forests, Parks & Refuges
      1.     National Forests & Parks
      2.     National Wildlife Refuges and Areas
      3.     State Parks
    3.     Mountains & Hills
  6.     Events
    1.     Animal & Agriculture Events
    2.     Culinary Events
    3.     Cultural Heritage Events
    4.     Exhibit & Lecture Events
    5.     Fairs & Festivals
    6.     Flower & Garden Events
    7.     Oregon Food Trips
    8.     Performing Art Events
    9.     Snow Sports
    10.     Sports Events
    11.     Visual Art Events
    12.     Volunteer Events
  7. All Places to Stay
  8.     Lodging
    1.     Bed and Breakfasts
    2.     Boutique Hotels
    3.     Farm or Ranch Stay
    4.     Glamping or Tree Houses
    5.     Hostels
    6.     Hotel / Motel
    7.     Resorts
    8.     Vacation Rentals
  9.     RV Parks
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