We’re a family of 4 with teenage boys planning a first-time trip to Oregon next July. We love nature, photography, hiking, & scenic drives – dislike crowds, shopping, etc. We are budget travelers for the most part, but will splurge a bit on occasion for something special. I’ve put together a rough itinerary, but not sure about the amount of time I have in each place.
Day 2 – Columbia River Historic Drive – hike to some of the waterfalls, if a clear day maybe drive Larch Mt. Road – stay in Best Western Hood River
Day 6 – AM explore the beach at Bandon - afternoon drive south a bit to see more of coast? Spend night again in Bandon.
Day 8 – Explore Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Stay Fireside in Yachats again.
Day 9 – Up early to drive to McMinnville. Hubby & kids are aviation enthusiasts so we want to see the Spruce Goose. Afterward drive toward Portland, stay somewhere along the way.
Day 10 – Fly back to Atlanta. Don’t have flight info yet, so not sure how close we need to be to Portland the night before.
I currently have 2 nights in Bandon & 2 nights in Yachats. Wondering if instead I should do 3 nights in Bandon to explore more of the southern coast? What do you think? Thought about trying to squeeze in Jedediah Smith Redwoods but not sure how I could. Is that a reasonable day trip from Bandon? Can’t really afford to add another day.
Also, can anyone suggest the best route from Yachats to McMinnville? Up coast or through Corvallis? We prefer route with least traffic. I thought 34 Alsea Hwy looked like a good possibility.
THANKS in advance for any suggestions!