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traveling a week in Oregon

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traveling a week in Oregon

Hi, my husband and I are arriving in Portland and staying for a week in the beginning of July. What is the best use of planning trip to see Portland but also enjoy the great outdoors with hiking and kayaking. Hoping to get recommendations what area to stay when wanting to see Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, Smith Rock, Crater Lake National Park, the northern oregon coast. We will be leaving from Portland. Any help would be appreciated, Thinking of staying in airbnb.

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Eugene, Oregon
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1. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

Is a "week" 7 days? Including flight arrival and departure days?

Because of driving distances and times you will have to decide whether it's most important to just see things or have the time for hiking and kayaking.

Crater Lake might just be too far and it's too late to get reservations in the park. Much of the northern coast, especially Cannon Beach, has multi-night minimum stays. And Portland deserves a couple of days.

So, a lot depends on defining exactly how much time we have to play with and what your priorities are.

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2. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

7 days with flight, we get into Portland at 12:30pm and leave at 11pm evening.

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3. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

Here is a basic route that would give you most but not all of what you are looking for. The points given will be to illustrate a route only and may or may not be overnight stops. These points also are designed to work well with MapQuest clicking on "Get directions" and then entering the two points for each leg:

Portland to Cannon Beach (Northern Oregon coast)

Cannon Beach to Reedsport

Reedsport to Grants Pass

Grants Pass to Crater Lake

Crater Lake to Bend

Bend to Timberline Lodge/Mt. Hood

Timberline to Hood River

Hood River to Portland

Recommended overnight stops in order:

Cannon Beach area (on the coast within 30 miles of Cannon Beach according to availability, budget and style)

Florence

Grants Pass

Bend

Government Camp near Timberline Lodge or Hood River ( possible adjustment according to return flight)

PDX vicinity hotel for morning return flight. Gorge area hotel for afternoon or evening return flights.

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4. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

Thank you. That was helpful.

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5. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

It should be noted that the itinerary my fellow advisor gave you is a routine cut and paste recommendation he gives to everyone without consideration of personal activity interests. The best hikes take time. Kayaking, rafting and other boating pursuits take time. Just driving from place to place takes time.

Some visitors just want to check boxes and say they've been there. Others would rather take the time to really experience and appreciate Oregon's beauty and personality.

One cookie cutter itinerary will not fit everyone. That's why I like to know more about visitors before I offer an itinerary. Most visitors don't have a full appreciation of how big the Pacific northwest is and how much driving time it takes from place to place.

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6. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

What would you recommend if we want to do some awesome hiking, spend a day in portland and kayak one day.

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7. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

There is great hiking at various places along the coast and around Bend and at Timberline Lodge.

Portland definitely has a personality of it's own. Among the attractions are, the numerous world class brewpubs, Powell's Bookstore, Voodoo Doughnuts, preponderance of good food rivalling Boston and New Orleans and the "neighborhoods" which are districts outside downtown that have their own centers that are mini-downtowns usually named after a major street or boulevard running through them.

r c
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8. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

welcome,

the July 4th weekend will be crazy too.

good luck

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9. Re: traveling a week in Oregon

I can't help you with the kayaking, but if you can skip Crater Lake and put the saved time into the 10 waterfall trail at Silver Falls State Park, just east of Salem, I think it would fit the bill for you. Best to do it on a weekday and avoid the weekend crowd (although most of them won't go beyond the paved path to the first waterfall).

https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm…

oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Trail_of_Ten_Fa…

You might like to combine this hike with a night at Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton. Reasonable rates with packages that can include breakfast and admission to the gardens. Nice restaurant for dinner and the lounge often has entertainment in the evening. The nearby downtown Silverton is interesting and has a few good restaurants also.

http://www.oregongardenresort.com/

As has been noted, there are numerous nice trails along the coast, the Mt. Hood area, Columbia Gorge and elsewhere. You might also give Mt. St. Helens consideration as a day trip from Portland.

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