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first trip to Oregon--mid April

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first trip to Oregon--mid April

Hello all.

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?


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1. Re: first trip to Oregon--mid April

Hi, our local Bend poster, "fiveforefun" , appears to have taken a few days off! I've spent a lot of time in that area in the summer but can't help with your snow question.

Do also look at the Things to Do in the surrounding towns - Redmond, Madras, Prineville, Alfalfa. There is also this gorgeous viewpoint stop right on Hwy 97, a few miles north of Redmond:


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2. Re: first trip to Oregon--mid April

We have spent a lot of time in Bend during all seasons. April can be tricky as it can still be winter, but not full on.

Depending on how much snow the surrounding area has, our favorite things to do are to cross country ski or snowshoe. We have done that as late as early April. but you really need to keep an eye on snow conditions.

The High Desert Museum is excellent at any time of year. It is just south of Bend a couple of miles. That is one of the most popular places to visit, and for good reason so don't pass that up.

Visit Benham Falls. There are a couple of ways to get there, but we always go from within Sunriver. It is on the north end and you can ski, snowshoe, hike or bike depending on conditions, but regardless it is really pretty and and worth it.

Just before you enter Bend, stop at the Bend Distilery for some unique spirits. Really good too!

Sisters is a nearby town that a lot of people like. It has an old western theme to it, but in April is not chuck full of visitors so it is pretty pleasant. The Sisters Coffee Company is very good and a great place to warm up.

You might head over around the Metolious and Camp Sherman. The Wizard Falls Fitch Hatchery is nearby and is interesting, and you can hike along the river which has some pretty spots.

If you want to shop, head to the Old Mill District and around Wall/Bond Streets. Lots of great stores and restaurants.

That should get you started:)

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3. Re: first trip to Oregon--mid April

What is your budget for lodging for Seaside/Astoria area? :)

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4. Re: first trip to Oregon--mid April

your trip sounds like a good plan- the only real concern with cold weather will be in the cascades/Central Oregon area. As Mtngrl says April is early spring so weather can be a factor. The only other thing to consider, which isn't a huge deal- particularly during off season, reversing your trip to drive from north to south on hwy 101 along the coast- it makes for easier turns into parks, viewpoints and such(right turns vs left turns from the highway).

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5. Re: first trip to Oregon--mid April

We are undecided on where we will spend two or three nights on the coast. Most likely Cannon Beach area one night. Budget is flexible, main thing is clean room.

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6. Re: first trip to Oregon--mid April

Be sure you drive section of 101 from Florence north. Newport has more things to do may be good overnight spot. Yachats has some good ocean front places, though so does Newport. One of them should work for you.

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