This is sort of an extension on another post I made a while back about a road trip from last year. Which started in San Diego, then went all the way up the coast, into Canada (Banff), then down through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and finally back to San Diego. Hood River, Oregon was definitely a notable stop along the way. It's known as the kite surfing and wind surfing capital of the world. We did neither of those things, but it doesn't matter. Hood River has a lot more to offer. Great camping, hiking, food, and beer. Hard to complain about a place that's bookended by Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. The views are top notch. And we were lucky enough to be there on a few days where the visibility was close to perfect.
Went down to Costa Rica a few months ago, which was my second trip to that country. Cool place, but I don't recommend going in the summer. Hot as hell. Aside from that though, there are a lot of interesting things you can get into. My favorite part was getting a local guide who brought us into some really remote areas and introduced us to some farmers. Specifically a banana farmer and some guys working on the African Palm Oil Plantations. That was a really cool thing to see. It's archaic backbreaking work, for what I can only imagine to be terrible wages. And as always, we managed to consume too much local food and beer. Good times.