My wife and I, along with our large but friendly dog, are planning on driving to Portland from San Francisco. We will be leaving the day after Christmas (Dec. 26), and need to be in Portland on the 29th (where we will be staying 5 nights in a vacation rental with another couple).
I'm trying to put together an itinerary, that won't be too rushed, but that will let us see some of the coast (and yes I understand the weather will be a factor).
My tentative itinerary is:
Dec. 26 -- SF to Ashland
Dec. 27 -- Ashland to Coos Bay
Dec. 28 -- Coos Bay to Astoria
Dec. 29 -- Astoria to Portland
I mostly based this on wanting to have reasonable drives each day, but still seeing much of the coast.
Are these good stops along the coast? Should we consider someplace like Newport? Or is it maybe better to skip Astoria and cut back over to I5 somewhere further south?
We will need pet-friendly lodging, so I would like to get the itinerary finalized so that I can start making reservations.
Thanks for any advice.