My husband and I will arrive in Portland around noon on Wednesday. We are staying at the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown. We are not planning to rent a car, but we would be willing to rent for some sightseeing. Here are a few questions:
*We will have all afternoon and evening on Wednesday to sightsee. I'm thinking check in hotel, rent a car for a few hours, and head out. Will this be enough time to drive the Columbia River Gorge and drive to Multnomah Falls? What are other must see stops along this drive?
*My husband will be in a conference most of the day on Thursday and Friday. Any tips of places I should visit by myself? Any good, safe shopping areas or malls? I won't have a car, but I don't mind taking the MAX.
*We are heading to Seattle on Saturday. Right now we have a car rented for one-way. Should we keep the car rental or take the Amtrak Cascades train? We are staying at Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle.
*Any other must-do, can't miss touristy attractions, restaurants, dessert places, etc.? We do not like bar-type atmospheres, but prefer more family type restaurants.
Thanks so much in advance! We are from Alabama...so it will be a long time before we return! We want to hit the high points and make the most of what little time we have.