Hello - We're taking a family trip to the Oregon Coast the first week of June and are spending our first night in downtown Portland. My plan is to wake up early, and head to Columbia River Highway straight away after breakfast. We are wanting to take the scenic route on Historic Columbia River Hwy 30 and hope to start the scenic route by 9:30 am.
Our plan is to see the some of the waterfalls, stop at Crown Point and of course to Multnomah Falls, and whatever waterfalls are close to the scenic look-outs (no serious hiking but we would like to do some minimal hiking/exploring). My question is this: We will be spending the night at Cannon Beach after our sightseeing of the falls, and it appears that Cannon Beach is about 2 hours from Troutdale. Is this an unrealistic itinerary? Does this seem too busy of a day to see the Falls and then afterwards, drive the 2 hours to Cannon Beach?
From what I read, the Gorge is stunning scenery, and I don't want to miss seeing it. I just hope I'm not planning a too-busy day for my family by touring the falls and then driving 2 hours to Cannon Beach. Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank You,