I am planning a two week Oregon vacation for next summer (July/August). I like outdoor activities; i.e. hiking, kayaking, rafting, etc. My wife likes lighthouses. My teenage son likes anything adventurous (i.e. dune buggies, jet boats, etc.). My wife and I like beer and wine and the unusual (hence the visit to Peculiarium and Trek in the Park). We are flying in from Boston and looking to do a loop of Oregon starting in Portland. My life goal is to visit every national park (hence, the stop in Crater Lake).
Based on guide books, Google Maps, and numerous web sites, I put together the following itinerary. I would love any feedback on days that are too packed with activities, distances that are too far to travel in a day, sites we shouldn’t miss that aren’t listed here, sites that are listed here that we should avoid, and any other advice that people are willing to offer. Thanks in advance for your input.
Day #1 - Fly into Portland
Day #2 - Portland - Pedal Bike Tours - Historic Downtown Tour - Willamette Jetboat Tour
Day #3 - Portland - Washington Park (Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden) - Peculiarium
Day #4 - Portland - Rent kayaks from Alder Creek Kayak - Head south/upstream, cross under Marquam and Ross Island Bridges - 3 miles to Sellwood Waterfront Park - Mount Tabor Park - Trek in the Park (evening)
Day #5 - Drive Rt 30 from Portland to Astoria (2 hours) - Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park - Fort to Sea Trail (Park at Sunset Beach, catch shuttle to start 6.5mile hike at Fort Clatsop) - 3 hours - Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (land-based views from Ecola State Park) - 1 hour - Haystack Rock (Cannon Beach) - 30 minutes - Hotel in Cannon Beach
Day #6 - Continue Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (Rt 101 South to Reedsport) - Cape Meares Lighthouse - 1 hour - Cape Foulweather (hike up from Rocky Creek Wayside) - 1 hour - Devil's Punchbowl - 1 hour - Yaquina Bay Lighthouse - 1 hour - Devil's Churn (Cape Perpetua) - 30 minutes - Heceta Head Lighthouse - 1 hour - Sea Lion Caves - 1 hour - Hotel in Reedsport
Day #7 - Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area (Coos Bay) - Rent buggies in North Bend - 2 hours - Sandboard - 2 hours
Day #8 - Reedsport to Crater Lake Lodge - 175 miles - 3.5 hours driving - Umpqua River Scenic Byway (Rt 38 East from Reedsport to Sutherlin) - Dean Creek Elk Viewing - Winery tour (2 to choose from) - Henry Estate Winery - 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua - HillCrest Vineyards - 240 Vineyard Lane, Roseburg - Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway (Rt 138 East from Rt 5 Roseburg to Crater Lake) - Colliding Rivers (North Umpqua) - Whitehorse Falls (Hwy 138, near milepost 66, turn into Whitehorse Falls Campground) - Toketee Falls (Hwy 138 near milepost 59, turn north onto Road 34) viewing platform 0.4 mile down 200 steps - Diamond Lake - Crater Lake National Park North Entrance - Watchman Overlook, 3.7 miles north of Rim Village on West Rim Drive - Crater Lake Lodge
Day #9 - Crater Lake 33 mile Rim Drive - Discovery Point - Time: 1 hour Length: 1.1 miles one way Elevation: 7,050 to 7,150 feet Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: Rim Village, follow the sidewalk west out of Rim Village to start of dirt trail. Features: Views of Crater Lake. - Cleetwood Trail - 12pm Volcano Boat Cruise - Hike 1.1-mile (drops approximately 700-feet) for 30-45 minutes. Tour for 1-hour and 45-minutes. Hike up for 1 hour (700-foot ascent) - Cloudcap Overlook and Phantom Ship Overlook - Pinnacles Trail - Time: 30 minutes Length: 1 mile out and back Elevation: 5,500 to 5,400 feet Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: End of Pinnacles Spur Road, 7 miles south of Phantom Ship Overlook Features: Views of volcanic spires in canyon walls. Use caution near cliffs. - Sun Notch Viewpoint - Time: 20 minutes Length: 0.25 miles one way Elevation: 7,000 to 7,115 feet Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: 4 miles east of Park Headquarters on the East Rim Drive Features: View of Crater Lake and Phantom Ship. Use caution near the cliff edges. - Castle Crest Wildflower Trail - Time: 30 minutes Length: 0.4 mile loop from East Rim Drive Difficulty: Moderate Elevation: 6,400 to 6,500 feet Trailhead: 0.5 miles east of Park Headquarters on East Rim Drive Features: Creek and meadow wildflowers in summer months. - Godfrey Glen (if enough time) - Time: 30 minutes Length: 1 mile loop Elevation: 6,000-6,050 ft Difficulty: Easy Trailhead: 2.4 miles south of Park Headquarters on Munson Valley Road. Features: Old growth forests, and views of Annie Creek Canyon. Fully accessible.
Day #10 - Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway (North 372 to Bend) - 3 hours - Three Sisters - Bend - Lava River Cave - Deschutes Brewery Tour - 2 hours - Smith Rock State Park - 2 hours - Drive to Maupin - 2 hours
Day #11 - Deschutes River Rafting - 9:45am - 4pm - Drive to Troutdale - 2 hours
Day #12 - Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway (Rt 84 East to Hood River - Rt 35 South to Mt Hood) - Vista House at Crown Point - Multnomah Falls Visitor Center - Horsetail Falls (2.6 miles) - Bonneville Lock & Dam - Eagle Creek Trail (4 miles to Punchbowl Falls) - Latourell Falls (2.5 miles) - Bridge of the Gods - Mosier Twin Tunnels (2 mile hike) - Full Sail Brewery in Hood River - Hotel in Hood River
Day #13 - Mt Hood Scenic Byway (Rt 26 West to Portland) - Mt Hood Scenic Railroad - Tamanawas Falls - Sahalie Falls - Pioneer Woman's Grave - Timberline Lodge - Ski Bowl in Government Camp - West Barlow Tollgate - Jonsrud Viewpoint - Back to Portland
Day #14 - Fly home