Hello, my friend and I will be flying to Seattle from the East Coast the first week of October. We plan on renting a car and taking a week to drive down to San Francisco and back. We plan to stop in/around Portland on the way down and/or on the way back up.
I'm interested in cheap hotels ($50-$75 if possible). We will have a car so the location doesn't really matter as long as its in a nice area.
Given the season we have thought about camping out somewhere, is there camping areas around Portland? It may be too cold for this, but we are exploring the option.
We're mostly interested in outdoors stuff and quirky/weird things (visiting the Goonies house in Astoria for example). Suggestions? What are the best parks/scenic stuff within a couple hours of Portland (or on the way down to San Fran)
Also, good vegetarian restaurants in the area?
Thanks a lot.