Per some MUCH appreciated suggestions we have adjusted the itinerary I posted about a month ago. I think we have it down pretty good. Leaving some activities open in Portland'
So here is where we are at.
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. This will take up a good portion of the day.
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. Perhaps 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). This is one place we made a change. We were planning on continue along the coast and heading into Washington. Per suggestions it appears we were biting off more than we could chew and cheating ourselves on the drive along the coast. We will now be able to take our time and eventually settle for the night in Astoria. We are booked at the Cannery Pier Hotel.
Day 7- Second big change per suggestion. Rather than rent a car in Portland and drive it to Seattle, we are now returning it to Portland the next morning and taking the Amtrak Cascade train up to Seattle. This is saving us over $300 on the rental car fee. The train trip for the 2 of us to Seattle is only $50 TOTAL. We leave Portland at 12:15, arriving in Seattle 3:45, which is about what we were planning to arrive there anyways. The only real thing we are missing out on is Mt. St Helens, but the benefits outweighed the negatives.This was pretty much a no brainer.
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.
We think the adjustment from our original itinerary will make those portions of the trip a little more time friendly allowing us to not have to rush things.
Opinions on this itinerary are appreciated. And thanks again to all the kind folks who helped with suggestions since we started planning our trip. We are truly looking forwarf to this trip.