My husband and I are organizing our September trip to the Portland/Seattle area, and I was hoping for some advice on our itinerary. We recognize it may be a little ambitious at times, but we aren't able to extend the vacation and want to maximize our visit. I have included the Oregon portion of the itinerary here and would welcome any feedback/suggestions. We have not booked hotels or anything yet, but we want to get started on that soon... just need to make sure that if our itinerary needs tweaking that we do it now.
Day 1 - flight arrives in Portland at 10:30pm
Day 2 - tour Portland, incl. Saturday Market (yes it will be Saturday), Rose/Japanese gardens, other...
Day 3 - day trip to Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge area, spend the night in Portland
Day 4 - drive stretch of Oregon coast from Lincoln City south to Yachats, stopping at variety of points incl. Otter Crest Loop, Seal Rock State Park, Yaquina Bay Bridge, Bayfront area, spend the night in Yachats
Day 5 - spend the morning in Yachats area, then drive south to Florence and end up in Bandon by 4-5pm, spend the night in Bandon
Day 6 - early morning start, more views of Bandon then around 10am, start drive toward Willamette Valley - could use some suggestions here on route, best destination city for wineries, and distance/timing on the drive. Hopefully, do some winery visits/tasting between 1pm-5pm (was looking at Erath, Sokol Blosser, King Estate, Argyle as possibilities depending on where we are in wine country), spend the night somewhere in Willamette Valley - again suggestions welcome.
Day 7 - early start, drive to WA (Mt. Rainier is first point in WA.)
I look forward to any comments you may have about the itinerary! Trip Advisor is always my go-to site when planning a vacation.