IWe are flying into Portland for two days of meetings, and I am hoping to plan a few extra days to see some of the best sights near there. We hope to see the Columbia River Gorge and see as many waterfalls as time permits. We need to get down to Albany (where the meetings actually are) and wonder about the best way to get there---seeing as much scenery as possible, rather than just interstates. What is the best way through the Mt. Hood area? How much time must I allow for the journey? We'd like to see the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park near Salem and wonder how many of them are within easy hiking distance. (We are in our early 60's but in pretty good shape for walking or hiking---but we'd rather skip any dangerous "hike at your own risk" type areas. I can hardly stand to miss the beautiful Oregon Coast, but we have only 3 or 4 days to work all this in. Someone please help me plan the timing on this, and add any suggestions you have. We hope to arrive in Portland around noon on the day we fly in, and want to head straight toward Multnomah Falls area. Best routes? Best places to get a bite? Best places to stay? This trip is the 2nd week of June, and I must make reservations in the next day or two.
Thank you all in advance for your suggestions!!! B.