My husband and I will arrive in Portland this Sunday, May 27, around noon. We will have a rental car. Plan to use the rest of Sunday and Monday morning to check out Portland.
Driving to Bend around 1:00 PM on Monday. We will be coming back to Portland on Thursday for another 3 nights. We will use this time for day trips to explore the area.
1. We are in no particular hurry to get to Bend - 6 or 7 PM is fine. A recommended scenic drive to Bend would be most appreciated - chance of seeing wildlife, wildflowers, etc. We are adventurous drivers. Would like to travel east on this portion. Since we have the 3 remaining days in the Portland area to check out the gorge and Mt St Helens, would like to spend this part of the drive seeing other things.
2. Leaving Bend early Thursday morning, we are planning to take in as much of the Silverton waterfall hike as possible. Would like to see the inside of the Salem capitol building and some of the wine country on our way back to Portland that day. Is this too ambitious? What will the falls be like at this time of year?
3. Any lunch stop recs on or around the Silverton area would be great.
Thanks in advance!!