My husband and I are flying into Portland on Oct. 5th. We'll be staying at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver for 4 nights, then 2 nights at the Inn at Cannon Beach, and the final night we'll be at the Town Place Suites in Hillsboro. We fly back to San Antonio on the 12th after lunch.
We are definitely planning to spend a day or two in Portland because we both love gardens. We are also considering driving to Mount St. Helens one day. Is that worth our time and not too long a drive? The Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, and the area around Cannon Beach are already on our "must see" list.
Where will we be most likely to see fall color? We realize that it may be too early in most areas. Wish we had an extra week so that we could see more of the area. Our problem will be how to make the most of our limited time.