Our family will be traveling in early August and would appreciate any input on this itinerary from locals! We have up to 9 days and have a 10 and 13 year old daughter who have never been to this area before.
day 1 (Fri 8/1): fly into Portland (arrive at noon) rent car, see in town sights or drive to Canon Beach area
day 2 (Sat): drive to Columbia Gorge, picnic
day 3 (Sun): check out and drive to Mt. St. Helens - Johnston Ridge Center, etc. then on to Mt. Rainier check into Paradise Inn
day 4 (Mon): early morning hiking check out and drive into Seattle w/stop at Snoq. Falls or possibly tour Boeing - drop off car
day 5 (Tues): Pikes Place Mkt./Aquarium or Boeing if missed on day 4
day 6 (Wed): Space Needle if sunny/Exp Music Proj/Sci Fict Exp
day 7 (Thurs):morning train to Van - Chinatown-Sun Yat-sen garden/Storyeum (this is new since my last trip - is it worthwhile?)in Gastown
day 8 (Fri): Stanley Park/maybe aquarium - which one is better/more unique - Sea or Van - one is probably plenty on this trip!/Granville Is.
day 9 (Sat): Lynn Valley Canyon susp bridge home via Lonsdale Quai ferry (a friend recommended this as a nice way to see the harbor - ?)/Canada Place
day 10 (Sun): depart for home on noon flight
Questions: When is the best time to work in Museum of Flight, any hotel recommendations for Port, Sea and Van based on what we want to see would be great - nothing is booked except Paradise Inn (last trip to Van we stayed at Sutton Place and it was nice, but open to sugg), and would it be possible to do the Gorge and C. Beach both on day 2? I will post this in all 3 forums. Thanks to everyone in advance for your help!