Train buffs will be delighted to ride the Mount Hood Railroad (541/386-3556 or 800/872-4661, www.mthoodrr.com , regular excursion $25 adults, $23 seniors, $15 children under 12), which runs from the old Hood River  railroad depot just off I-84 Exit 63 up the scenic Hood River Valley  to its terminus in Parkdale, seemingly at the very base of Mount Hood  due to the volcano’s immensity and proximity.
Riders sit in a lovingly restored enclosed Pullman coach. Also featured are an antique concession car and, of course, the obligatory red caboose. The standard ride takes about four hours round-trip, including a stop in Parkdale.
Mount Hood Railroad also features dinner and brunch trains and many special-event rides, such as the Fruit Blossom Special in April and Christmas Tree Trains, bedecked with carolers and other holiday trimmings. The main season is April–October.