I'm a mom who's bringing her two kids (8 & 9) up that way in June.
We will be flying into SEA, staying two nights, then heading to the San Juan Islands for three nights. It seems like there are a lot of things there that the kids would love and with the travel time, I think that two nights would be too few.
We would drive back to Seattle, drop off the car and hop on the Cascades train to Portland, arriving in time for dinner. We will stay in downtown Portland that night.
Which leaves us one more day and night to do either the Columbia River Gorge or the coast. Which should it be? I am leaning towards the gorge, because it seems like there are neat things to see, but I could be convinced that the coast shouldn't be missed.
Tell me if I'm missing an obvious solution to our time problem. One more day is all I need!