Well I have purchased my airline tickets so now I am ready for your help. I will be flying into Seattle on June 24th and out of Portland on July 4th. We will have 8 full days of sightseeing so we need to make the most of our time. Can you give me some of the best things to see and do in this time span? I think most of our time will be spent in Oregon but we would like to spend a couple days in Washington so I would like some things to see there as well. How far down on the coast should we drive in OR? We want to go to Mt. St Helens and take some scenic byways. It just seems like too much beautiful sights to see in that little of time but we sure want to try to see as much as possible. Would also maybe like some cheap but nice places to stay along the way. Maybe some national parks. Vacationing on a budget. Would rather spend money on the sightseeing than rooms since we are not planning on spending much time in them. Would also like to go on a whale watch. Where is the best place to do that? I am looking forward to all that you have to share. Also looking forward to our trip.