My husband and I visited Oregon in August travelling down the coast from Seaside to Reedsport then cutting inland to the Willamette Valley, Washington's Mt. St.Helen's, the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood and Silver Falls State Prk. We flew into Portland, rented a car and took off to the coast. Getting around was easy with our GPS system we brought from home. Our first stop was Ecola State Park and gazed across the bay to the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and then on to Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock on a sunny afternoon. The beach is beautiful with so much room to walk, picnic and lounge. The streets were full of tourists combing the shops and restaurants. We did not stay but went to Seaside where we stayed @ Guesthouse Inn and Suites. We were unable to find a place in Cannon Beach because all places we tried to book in June required a minimum of a 3 day stay which didn't work into our plans. All places we stayed in, except one in Oregon were clean, comfortable and had breakfast included, nothing fancy but comfy places to sleep and shower. We ate @ Maggie's on the Prom, very expensive but wonderful seafood. We went on the early side and sat outside, otherwise we would have needed reservations. The dress was Oregon casual. After a walk on the Prom, we found some Tillamook ice cream in a shop next door to a wonderful looking deli where we could have eaten. Next morning, we drove south down 101 to Tillamook stopping at the cheese factory and the Blue Heron for picnic supplies. We brought a cooler with us that we were able to pack in a suitcase and it served us well as we travelled. We found the road to Cape Meares Lighthouse south of town and the Three Capes Loop. Road construction made the Loop hard to get around and we totally gave up on finding Cape Kiwanda. However, Cape Meares and the gorgeous beach, lighthouse and Octopus tree were great hikes. The weather turned cool and windy and the sun disappeared as we expected on the coast. The turnouts along the road awarded us with breathtaking views, where we saw birds, whales, lighthouses and rock formations. We picnicked on the beach and took short hikes to what looked interesting. We stayed the night in Newport @ The Whaler Motel and ate at Mo's Original and had great seafood again. We tried to poke around the shops but most close up early and it was raining anyway. Next morning, fog enveloped us but we got some very interesting photos of the harbor and bridge. Heading south down 101 brought us to Yachats where we spent some time browsing galleries waiting for the weather to improve, then on to Cape Perpetua and the Devil's Punchbowl. We picnicked looking out over the gorgeous semi-foggy landscape @Cape Perpetua. There are short walking trails and longer ones for those with lots of time. We took many trails in Oregon and all were well maintained and clean. We travelled down as far as Heceta Head Lighthouse and toured the facilities and walked some short trails. We had reservations that night back in Yachats @ Deannes Oceanfront Lodge and it was. This is an old family owned motel that backs right up to the ocean. It was a really quaint but comfortable place to stay. We ate at Pizza Garage another family run place where the pizza was great, the beer cold, pool tables and good conversation. Next morning, the weather had improved so we thought we'd try Cape Perpetua again. We also stopped @ Strawberry Hill and were rewarded with fantastic tide pools teeming with beautifully colored starfish clinging to the rocks and sea anenomes. Another great hike. Then, it was on to Florence to the Dunes and Reedsport where we saw elks at the reserve. If we were to do this again, we could have stayed the previous night in Florence rather than Yachats so we didn't need to backtrack north. From Reedsport we moved on to Eugene and checked into the Holiday Inn Express-Downtown University. This is a very nice hotel and we were able to clean up before going to Sarver Winery for the Friday night pizza and music overlooking the beautiful landscape of the Willamette valley. The place was packed but we were able to park and shared a table w/some friendly Oregonians and had a great time. Go early! The next day we moved on to our wine tour. We visited 4 wineries: Archery Summit, White Rose, Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene. We enjoyed the wine and scenery sharing 1 flight of wine at each place to keep us sober and cutting down on costs. We spent that night @ The Lion's Gate B&B in Newport. It was a lovely home and cozy retreat with wine, cheese and fruit to greet us. Breakfast the next morning was fabulous and the chance to visit with the other guests was fun. Our next drive was up to Washington's Mt. St. Helen's. It was an easy trip from Newberg and we were rewarded with great scenery and sunshine. The visitor's center @Johnston Ridge was a great place to start. We hiked a 2 1/2 mi. trail, the Hummocks and saw some more great views of the mountain. It was well worth the trip up to Washington to see this part of history. We drove back to Portland for the night and stayed @ Hampton Inn Portland East so we would be ready to start the Columbia River Gorge in the morning. We drove the historic highway 30 west to east to take in the falls and hikes along the way. We hiked part way up to Wahkeena Falls and took the trail to the top and beyond Multnomah Falls. This is a strenuous hike uphill with 11 switchbacks. The trail is well maintained and there were many people sweating and huffing and puffing along the way. This was an accomplishment for us and we were rewarded with some great sights. Drink lots of water along the way. The trip downhill is hard on the knees but quicker! After lunch, we continued driving the falls loop and took a ride across the gorge on the Bridge of the Gods...not worth the bother. We were anxious to get to our next stop, Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. This was a highlight of the trip for us. Mt Hood was magnificent and the lodge was a treasure. We ate in the mezzanine bar and watched the sunset on the mountain. This is a wonderful place to stay and experience. There is a restaurant for meals, no breakfast included here. Again, lots of great hikes available. We spent the rest of the day travelling the Mt Hood loop stopping for hikes and scenery. We spent the night @ Oxford Suites in Gladstone at the southern part of Portland. They had a light supper meal with wine and beer available as well as breakfast at no charge for guests. Our next day was devoted to Silver Falls State Park and an outlet mall north of Salem on I-5 before spending our final night near the airport in Portland @Country Inn and Suites. They have a nice bar and restaurant. The best hints I can give is take advantage of picnic sites, fruit stands and purchase a state park pass to cut down on a $5 a day usage fees at each state park. Even though we did not camp, there were many, many opportunities to camp at some great sites. Oregon is beautiful...a real treasure!