My 10 year old son and I are planning a mom/son trip the beginning of June. We are flying into Seattle and will ultimately be departing Portland 8 days later for a total of 7 nights between Seattle, Portland and the coast (Newport)
I am trying to decide how long to stay in each location and I have roughly 2 days in Seattle, 2 days in Portland, 2 days in Newport and then on the last night maybe stay at a hotel near PDX but still have part of the evening to do any last minute things in Portland. Our flight leaves at 10:30 ish in the morning so not terribly early.
What I am hoping for help on right now is the part of the trip in Newport. My son has long been fascinated with lighthouses so we are going to come in from Portland and see the Yaquina lighthouses and stay nearby. I have so far on the to do list:
Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Cape Perpetua scenic area
Marine Discovery Boat Tours
I am thinking on the Monday driving out to stop in Salem and see the state capital which is another thing my son is interested in. Any other recommendations in Salem?
Any of these items we should skip? Is there anything really great we are missing? I am torn on the trip because we rarely travel to areas where we could have a hotel within walking distance of a beach so I think we should take advantage of it. Also I have the following hotels in my radar as possible choices:
Looking Glass Inn
Inn at Nye Beach
I would like to keep it under $150 a night but this is such a treat to stay so close to the beach if one of these is a much better location, I would pay the extra for it.
I know this seems open ended but any input would be appreciated. I think this will be the trip that both he and I will remember for the rest of our lives.
Thanks in advance!