We are a mid-forties/mid-fifties couple wanting to travel with a window of the last week of June and the first week of July of this year. We enjoy scenic drives, spectacular nature, moderate hikes, history, good food, and adventure. We want to stay either in Seattle or Portland at a 3-4 star hotel to take advantage of internet package prices and drive out on day trips. Our budget for the trip of 7-8 nights is around 3000.00-3500. We do not know the best part of town in either place to be primed for venturing out. Does anyone have any suggestions? We are not locked into the package thing if we can stay in our budget with overnights on the way around at moderate prices.