What do folks think of the following 4 day / 3 night loop itinerary that starts and ends in Lincoln City? This is for an August trip, I'm assuming I'd do this Mon thru Thur, and be on the road by 8 AM each day. Is it safe to assume I should start the loop by heading south on the coast to improve the view and ease the turn offs?
Day 1 - Lincoln City to Gold Beach - Enjoy the scenery, stopping at towns and overlooks of interest along the way.
Day 2 - Gold Beach to Crescent City area, then northeast on Rt 199 ending the day in Prospect, Oregon. Spend time at Samuel Boardman Scenic Corridor, Del Norte Coast Redwoods Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwood Pk.
Day 3 – Prospect, OR to Crater Lake. Boat tour, hiking. Then not sure where to spend the night. There are 3 options I’m considering. I welcome feedback on these in terms of sightseeing opportunities, as well as driving times in the context of what I plan for Day 4.
1. Rt 138 to I-5 with night in Eugene area
2. Rt 58 with night in Eugene area
3. Rt 97 with night in Bend
Day 4 –If I stayed in Eugene the night before, head north on I-5 to Silver Falls. Or, if I stayed in Bend, head northwest on Rt 20 then Rt 22 to Silver Falls. Drive back to Lincoln City.
Is this too much driving each day? Are there specific sights along the way you'd recommend as must see's?