My husband and I are spending 3 days in seattle before driving down to Lake Tahoe. We have 5 days and 4 nights - what is the best scenic drive to take and where should we make our stops. Up to now our planned first stop is around Astoria (is that the best place to stay or should we head for the coast?). What are the places we should NOT miss in Washington. We would like to go to Portland but would give it a miss if there is a better route to follow. Where is a good base to spend our second night in Oregon on our journey south? Is it worth going inland from Astoria? Wish we had 5 months to do it but hey . We are not intending to visit San Fransisco this time but would like to visit the wine regions as maybe our last stop before Tahoe. It is a one-way journey by the way.