I am planning a trip Sep 25 - Oct 9 and was wondering if this looks like a good itinerary. I do not mind driving, but I prefer to stay in each location at least 2 or 3 nights so I can fully explore each area at a relaxing pace. My main interests are scenic drives, staying in scenic locations, short hikes, and photography. Any suggestions to altering or adding to this tentative plan would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
Day 1: Arrive PDX 7PM (Overnight near airport?)*
Day 2: Columbia River Scenic Byway (Overnight Hood River or Portland?)*
Day 3: Mt. Hood Scenic Byway (Ovenight Troutdale?)*
*QUESTION: Should I spend the first 3 nights in the Portland area and do the above as day trips? Or would it be better to overnight at the different places I proposed?
Day 5: Explore North Coast.
Day 7: Explore Central Coast.
Day 8: Travel to South Coast. Spend 4 nights Gold Beach.
Days 9, 10, 11: Explore South Coast, Rogue River Jet Boat Tour, explore coast and lighthouses.
Day 12: Travel to Crater Lake National Park. Spend 2 nights at lodge on rim.
Day 13: Explore Crater Lake N.P.
Day 14: Head back towards Portland. Need suggestions for scenic place to overnight.
Day 15: Depart PDX. Afternoon flight back to East Coast.