Hi, my husband and I are looking a trip next summer to coastal Oregon. We would be traveling with our 3 sons who will be 4.5, 7, 9. We are mostly interested in outdoor activities and natural beauty. Being from Louisiana, the landscape will be very different for my children. I want them to see waterfalls, dense forest, tidal pools, sandy beaches, rugged coastline, lighthouses, sea lions / whales. I definitely would like to include a half-day fishing trip because that's a passion for my older boys. My husband and I love quaint towns and shopping, galleries, Historic sites. A little of this on that trip would be fine but not too much because the children will be restless while we window shop. we want to maximize our trip without driving too much and changing a hotel every night
What do you think of this rough itinerary. This would be late July / early August 2018.
Fri night fly NOLA to Portland
Saturday - Portland
Sunday - travel to Columbia River Gorge, see Mt Hood, stay out there that night (??)
Tues - beach day
Wed - fishing trip half day / ??
Thursday - downtown Newport (aquarium , shopping, sea lions etc)
Friday - yachats / cape perpetua area hiking and sightseeing
Sat - check out and drive down to florence. Sand dune rides (kids will love this), famous lighthouse, drive after dinner back to Portland to stay next to airport
Sun morning - fly home
Should we take a day away from the Newport Beach area? We aim to use it as a homebase to explore that entire coastline. Is this a redundant itinerary ? We've heard the hype about Cannon Beach but not sure we can incorporate it without wearing our children out from too much driving.
Our kids love to be outside. I could definitely see them spending half the day just playing in tidal pools if we find a good spot.
We definitely could rearrange the order of what we do in Newport. We could make the day trip to Florence earlier in the week etc. As far as fishing goes if anybody has any charters to recommend I would appreciate it. I've seen several in the Newport / depoe Bay Area that look great.
Appreciate any thoughts