Hi everyone -
I am wondering if you might be able to take a look at this very flexible itinerary. We are heading there in late September. I have a few questions along the way, as far as what areas to stay in and if there are any suggestions.
Fly in to Portland in a.m., Spend day/night in Portland/explore the city
Spend day/night in Portland
Get up early, drive to the Columbia River Gorge/Mt. Hood area/spend the entire day in this area
I am trying to decide if we should spend Sunday night back in Portland at the same hotel, or at this point on Sunday evening make our way down to the Willamette Valley and spend the night there. How would the drive be from Columbia River Gorge to the valley?
Spend a little time at the Evergreen Aviation Museum
That evening drive to the coast. Any suggestions on where to stay? Depoe Bay or another coastal town?)
Explore the coast in the Depoe Bay area/Devil's Churn, Yaquina Head Lighthouse/Newport area all day
Spend night at Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats
Explore more of the coast, Sea Lion Caves, Cape Perpetua. Spend night at Heceta Head Lighthouse
Drive down to Florence, explore dunes, take a dune buggy ride, explore more of coast
Spend night in Gold Beach (any suggestions?)
Up early for a jet boat ride on the Rogue River, explore area in the afternoon, drive back to Portland late that day.
Spend night in Portland
Fly out of Portland
It is our first time in the area and we cannot wait!!! As you can see we want to do a lot!
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!