My fiancee and I are considering a bit of alternative route for our honeymoon next May. We are getting married on 5/3, but plan to take our honeymoon a few weeks later (517-5/25) so we can take advantage of having an extra day out of the office with Memorial Day without burning our days, as well as not needing to rush to an airport after having way too much fun on our wedding weekend!
We have 8 nights in total, and are definitely spending at least 4 of them at Turtle Bay on Oahu. We will more than likely need to take a connecting flight of some variety (we're coming out of NYC), and would love to take the opportunity to visit Oregon since neither of us have ever been. We're active travelers and our honeymoon will be no different. We are considering spending 4 nights in the Portland area and taking in as many sights as we can.
One option we were weighing on would be to fly into Portland on an early AM flight, and spend our first night there. Since we are really into seeing the natural sights, we were thinking about driving an inland route to Crater Lake the following day, and spending the second day and night within the vincity. Day 3 we would start to drive out towards the coast, and then stop along some of the more noteworthy beaches for some sight seeing, and spending the night somewhere along the coast about halfway to Portland. Day 4 we would drive back to Portland via the coast, stopping at Cannon Beach, and spend our last night in Portland so we can make an early flight to Hawaii the next morning.
Not exactly the most relaxing honeymoon, but we want to see as much as we can while we are out on the west coast. That being said, does anyone have any input on either of those routes such as potential additional sights to visit or insight as to why/if one itinerary would be better than another? Again, we are an active, low key couple who has a goal to see and do as much as we can while we're still able. We figure that we can get a lot of activity and quench some of our wanderlust in the first portion of our trip, and do all of our relaxing in Hawaii :)
Thanks for ready and providing any input!!