My wife and I (mid 40s and 50) are planning a trip to Oregon, flying into Portland midday on April 10 and departing Portland early morning on April 18. We want to see all that we can in our seven full days---from Portland to Hood River to Mt. Hood. to Bend to the coast and back up to Portland. We are into light hiking/long walks, and generally just enjoying the outdoors.
We plan to spend the first night near Portland, then drive through the Columbia River Gorge and possibly spend the night in Hood River. The next day head toward Mt. Hood and we may or may not spend the night in that area--just depends on what we are able to do. Then proceed to Bend and it looks like we could spend two nights here, taking in the top sights/parks listed in Things To Do in Bend. Then proceed west to the Newport/Seal Rock area and spend a couple of days heading up the coast to Seaside/Astoria. We will finish our trip back in Portland, staying near the airport for a very early flight out on April 18. In doing our research, it looks like the Bend and coastal areas will be most appealing to us (along with the gorge area). We live in WV so will be okay with cooler days and nights, knowing April will have those temps.
Any thoughts on our plans and sights that aren't necessarily listed on the Things To Do lists? Not exactly sure what will most likely be closed or limited access due to snow. Any suggestions and opinions are appreciated?