We are making some progress for our September trip to the great NW. This is where we are right now. Nothing carved in stone but the hotel reservations listed.
Leave GRR early Fri, Sept 6. Arriving PDX about 11:00 AM
Day 1- Arrive in Portland get acclimated. No REAL plans for this day.We are staying at Hotel 50.
Day 2-BEER DAY. Plan to visit lots of breweries. Maybe rent a bike for a ride around town.
Day 3- Hope to take one of the tours we have read about. There is one that takes you to the gorge, loops around Mt. Hood with stops along the way.
Day 5- Depart McMinnville and head down to the Haceta Head Lighthouse. We have a night booked at their B & B. This is our 30 wedding anniversary and wanted to stay somewhere special. maybe take in a winery or 2 along the way. Maybe have a nice dinner in Florence.
Day 6- After what I hear will be a great Breakfast at the B & B. We will depart and head up the Oregon coast. Plan to stop in Depoe Bay and take one of the whale watching tour with Carrie Newell. I have read nothing but good things about her tours. They look like fairly quick tours so they won't take up the whole day by any stretch (longest tour is 2 hours). Leaving there we continue up the cost hoping to stop in Astoria (got to see the Goonies house). If there is time we would like to head over and get an up close of Mt. St. Helens. Not sure if we are being over ambitious here,This will no doubt take up into the evening. We have no plans on a specific hotel or location for this night. We may just wing it here.
Day 7- Head north to Seattle. Hopefully arriving in the 2-3 o'clock range. Drop off car head to hotel (Sheraton Hotel Downtown). Get city acclimated take in a nice dinner.
Day 8-Try and take in all we can on this day. Pikes Place Market, Space Needle, couple breweries, maybe the Underground tour.
Day 9- Head to SEA. 8:45 flight home.
Day 6 seems to be the day with the most uncertainty. I may want some opinions/input on that day. Didn't want to have EVERYTHING overly structured otherwise it can make your vacation seem more like work. If it looks like I am missing anything obvious feel free to point it out. Sometimes planning these things can be overwhelming.