Ok Based on some comments and some extra research I have revised our itinerary if you have seen my previous post. It seems like we will be missing out if we dont go to the coast in Oregon. But I need a little direction. Couple 35-40 Active but not outdoorsy. Love amazing scenery and great food /Music.
We will head out early on the 13th. Get into Downtown Portland (from dallas) around noon or so. Most likely stay in a Starwood property since we have points to use up. Spend the rest of that day/ night exploring Portland per the recommendations on other posts I wont bore you with.
Rent a car early on the 14th and head to the gorge area. Do some easy small hikes see some waterfalls. eat lunch??? Which are the best waterfalls to stop at? I need to research a bit more. all day trip. Stay night back in portland hotel.
Morning of 15th take rent car to the coast. Should we drive north up to Astoria or just head west to cannon beach and down from there? Where should we stay on the coast. I would say our focus would be more on seeing the cliff/ gorgeous views rather than the beach itself. not that into lighthouses but might be nice to see one. Where should we focus our time here? I am thinking we will stay one night on the coast. Which city would you pick? Right now thinking driving straight out to cannon beach eat lunch there or somewhere else along the way and then staying further south in a different town?
next morning 16th would be driving back seeing a bit more of the coast and maybe stopping in the wine country for lunch and the afternoon. Might stay that night in Portland again, same hotel as before. Other option would be trying to make the late 6:50 train to Seattle. (Is that too much)
Then morning of 17th either be in seattle and see the city all day or take the early morning train 8:20am and not get to seattle until 12. We would like to be in Seattle on Saturday a bit to hang out with friends we have there.
We could reverse it and rent a car right when we get there and head to the coast leaving about noon. 13th coast. Come back on the 14th through the wine region. Stay in portland that night. Head to the gorge early the next day on the 15th. Come back and stay in portland and explore the city in the morning/ early afternoon on the 16th. Head to Seattle on the 16th on the 2:45 train to get into seattle by 6:45... in time to have dinner with friends.
This might be very hectic in the beginning but more relaxing in the end?
Thank you again for your input.