My wife and I are planning a 10 day / 11 night trip to Washington/Oregon in September. The purpose of the trip is photography and relaxation. We are in the autumn of our years, and we prefer to base ourselves in 2 or 3 nice places and take a relaxed easy pace.
I do have a list to pick from, but have no clue where we can base ourselves or based on the trip length how to allocate time or if we are trying to do too much. Maybe just a day each in Seattle and Portland and more on the scenic stuff like waterfalls and away from crowds or long ferry waits. We can only do short easy hikes of upto 2 miles on level ground or minimal climbs due to health limitations and weight of photographic equipment. It seems like we have too many stops.
We arrive from NY for Seattle on Saturday Sep 6th and leave on Thursday Sep 18th. The route I was thinking about was to go from
1.Seattle (2 nights?) to ONP (spend 2 nights in ONP?)
2. drive down the coast to not sure which town (Canon Beach ?)
3. Portland and Columbia River Gorge (2 nights?)
4. Mt Rainier
5. and back to Seattle (last night).
Or another possibility is to do the North Cascade loop.
I have browsing these columns, but as you can see, I do need help.