With our first trip to Portland coming soon I have been putting together our itinerary based on the time that we have available and the sights that my son and I can see together. He is going to be at a conference so his time is much more limited than mine! We arrive late on a Thursday night coming from Virginia. He has all day Friday to look around and most of Sunday (up to 4 pm) when he will need to be back in town. I thought if we weren't too bushed from the trip we could rent a car and go on Friday. Is it best to drive out highway 80 to Multhomah Falls and then back on the scenic highway? Or vise versa? We are not world travelers by any means (I can count on one hand how many times I have flown) so I don't know how tired we will be. Would Sunday be better? The only thing with that day is that he would need to be back to the hotel (downtown) by 3ish to get ready for an engagement and I don't want to be rushed. Would we?
The other thing is, he/we are on a tight budget. I read somewhere online that you could take public transportation out that way if you didn't rent a car. Is that possible?
We have never been west of Minnesota so this is going to be a true adventure! I can't wait!
I would love to see the coast as well, but I just don't know if time will allow it for him. Anyway, thank you all so much for any help you can share!