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Vacation in June/July

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Vacation in June/July

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.

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1. Re: Vacation in June/July

Rainier is nice to visit, but in 8 days and wanting to drive Oregon Coast and byways think I would not go. It dominates the skyline in Seattle area.

Mt St Helens needs to be seen up close. hopefully you have a day when it is not cloud covered.

In my view the best of the Oregon Coast is Depoe Bay to Florence. there are rugged headlands, rocky inlets, sandy beaches, big bays, lighthouses. and most of way you are in sight of the ocean or right next to it

I would also go on to Reedsport and maybe beyond to see the sand dunes.

Where to hit the coast is a choice to make. You can go from Kelso to Astoria use Oregon side then south, or you can hit coast at Lincoln City. Going to Astoria will take most of a day, because there are things to see on north coast.

You should see the Coumbia Riv Gorge from Trutdale to at least Hood River, Use the old highway if you want to get some great views and see more waterfalls.

I would turn inland at Reedsport.

You could do this although it might not be easy in 8 days, go to Roseburg then along N Umpqua SB)on OR-138, drive into Crater Lake SB and north on US97 to Bend Or you could drive along Cascade Lakes SB parallel to 97. From bend go to Sisters and then along OR242 to McKenzie Pass and the lava beds. if you have time can complet the SB loop back to Sisters back to US97 then US26 OR 35 and Hood River then the Gorge.

I left a lot of stuff out near Bend

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2. Re: Vacation in June/July

Whale watching season is actually between February and April so your shouldn't count on seeing anything in late July. You can go to Depoe Bay or Newport for companies that take people out whale watching. In Newport, you could also go to the aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. If you decide to visit Central Oregon, let me know and I can make some suggestions. Try roomsaver.com to find some cheap sleeps. The Oregon parks system has some rustic cabins, yurts and tepees in some of their parks for rent, but you'd need to haul bedding and dishes with you which may not be very do-able. While we have lots of national forests, we only have one national park and that is Crater Lake. They have a lodge with several rooms. You can reserve by calling 541.830.8700

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Check www.oregonstateparks.org for inforamtion on interesting sites to visit throughout Oregon. You may be interested in YURTS, which are offered statewide by State Parks. You can find information and locations as well as make reservations at the above website. If you have any questions after viewing the site, let me know.


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4. Re: Vacation in June/July

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I would see the Airplane Museum in Seattle, or maybe the fish market!

Then head down to Mt. St. Helens, it is a most of the day thing there.

Then head down to Oregon, and spend the night in Oregon.. I would try and spend the night in Astoria (depends on your flight times of course)...


then in the AM hit the Maritime Museum or head down to Ft. Stevens St. Park

I would then head thru Seaside, maybe a trip around their turn around. But head down and go to Cannon Beach for Lunch with a view of the beach...at Mo's Chowder House.. Last exit to Cannon Beach/Tolovana

Then make your way down the coast stopping when you want.

I would probably stay in Lincoln City, with some shopping or Casino if desired.


I would visit the Sea Lion Caves, and Newport Aquarium (there is tons to see here).

Might make my way south and rent dune buggies for the rest of the day.

I am not very well versed in things south of Newport.


I would either head all the way to Crater Lake to spend the night.

Or work my way over to Bend/Redmond/Sisters.

DAY5 Either Crater Lake or ...

Spend the day in the Bend area. Things to do are Smith Rocks (awsome hiking and views!), shopping, High Desert Museum, and CAVE spulunking!

DAY 6 If you stayed in Bend/Redmond, you could spend another day or go to EASTERN Oregon, fairly bare, but great artisens, and Landscapes, and Chief Joseph etc etc. Otherwise I would head to Bend/Redmond if I had went to Crater Lake. You will be very tired and might just make it to Crash in Bend, might have a bit of time to check out the interesting quaintness of Sisters, or see the head of the Metolius River.

Day 7 Head up to Portland.

See the Museums, and art going on. Portland is a great city of Bridges, and lots of things to do and food to eat, I would have a great meal at a place with a view of the River. My DH and I ate in one before but it was so long ago I forget the name. (They even parked our car for us ;)). I think an expensive meal once on a trip is a must ;).. but go somewhere with excellent LOCAL food. AND catch a play or a ballet or symphony.

DAY 8 Relax, grab a Starbucks coffee (which started in Seattle by the way), and head to the airport :).