My husband and I plan a trip mid September. We love scenic drives, nat'l parks/monuments, short hikes, small towns. We try to limit lodging to max $150/night and limit driving distance between stops to 100-150 mi. depending on things to see/do on the way. After spending 6 days on coast we want to return north to Grants Pass, Crater Lake, Columbia Gorge and back to Portland. We have 9 days. Our initial thoughts are:
1-2 Drive to Grants Pass from Crescent City, CA, spend 2 nights - do jetboat trip.
3-4 Crater Lake (have reserv.for 2 nights)
5 Bend - visit Newberry Nat'l Monument
6. Sandy - Take scenic route from Bend as noted on map (126-22-224)
Does this seem reasonable? Any recommendations for changes? Is 1 day enough to drive the Gorge from Hood River to Portland and see all the main sites? Would appreciate any recommendations for lodging. Thanks