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    Oregon road trip?

    We have not been to the PNW, and I am trying to plan a road trip for Fall 2020. We will be driving from Ohio. I have tons of info about Oregon, but there is just so much to see and do, I am having a hard time creating an itinerary.
    Anyone have ideas? We are limiting ourselves to Oregon for this trip because Alaska is in our future, and we will explore Seattle then. We are in our 60s, in pretty good physical shape, and like to hike to waterfalls, etc.
    would love to hear from experienced travelers!

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    if you like/love art then Joseph Or. is a must, fine art gallery's and foundry's , great hiking, beautiful Lake Wallowa. the tram with super views, a quilt shop too. It is a real jewel! small town of 1200, great little town, no fast food, no stop lights, clean air and water. In the north east part of Oregon, Joseph is at the end of the road,
    Sisters Oregon is also great for quilters, Jean wells shop is there.
    Last edited by leaha; 08-29-2019 at 11:40 AM.
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    For me Oregon is the next state down and a destination in itself. A lot of people aren't aware of how different the east and west sides of Washington and Oregon are. I like the Columbia river/desert area between the two states even though I live on the coastal side of the mountains. Some fun places to cross the river, like at the bridge of the gods
    https://portofcascadelocks.org/bridge-of-the-gods/

    They have pretty good tourist info for free from a state agency
    https://traveloregon.com/travel-guides/

    As a quilter, you will probably want to go through the Sisters area.

    If you are into plants, the Portland area has some really great specialist nurseries. And a tea garden

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    Crater Lake is also a must see area.
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    I've only mostly visited the coast and Portland...the drive along the coast heading West from Eugene and all the lovely little stops along the way are a great way to spend the day. Little B&B's to stay at, beaches to explore - historical lighthouse at Yaquina Head was a wonderful visit! They have tours running during the day. Amazing little seafood shacks on the coast! We once took the 6 back inland to Portland, and the drive through the Tillamook State Forest was another joy. Or, you can go back more quickly on the 18 and hit up the many wineries around Willamette Valley if that's something you enjoy. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (just east of there) is *lots* of fun.
    Another trip we took was south of Portland to Silver Falls State Park - it's gorgeous! And on the way is the Gordon House (a Frank Lloyd Wright house) which is on the grounds of a lovely botanical garden, the Oregon Garden. If you stay in Portland these are all 'day trip' or maybe two-day trips on the western part of the state. I hope you have a wonderful time wherever you go!
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    If you are any where near Grants Pass, you must take the time to go to Jordan Fabrics. Their store is amazing! I was lucky enough to go on the way back from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show July of 2018. You won't be disappointed :-)

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    On the desert side of the state there are wild horses! Actually becoming a problem as the population is about double what the land can really sustain.
    https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/oregon/wild-horses-or/

    If you go to the coast there is of course Haystack Rock. Son and I were doing some secret teaching (I was teaching but he didn't know) about types of caves and we went to the Sea Lion Caves one year.
    http://www.sealioncaves.com/tickets.php
    We also did the Ape Caves on Mt St Helens and one up by Boundary Dam (Canada/Washington border)

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    For a trip into central Washington, Goldendale with what my son and I call Faux Henge and a wonderful solar observatory (I've seen the rings on Saturn!) is just above the Columbia River.

    A little down the way is the Maryhill Museum. You ever hear the expression "What in the Sam Hill are you doing" well Sam was building Faux Henge and the Maryhill collection which could be named for either his wife, daughter, or mistress
    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/...and-stonehenge

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    Wow! Thanks for all of your input....now I have even more stops on my list! Haha.
    Travel Oregon sent me a ton of great info, which is why I am having a hard time narrowing our choices down.
    I will print out a map and start mapping things out so I can put together a realistic itinerary. Hoping to stay in maybe 3 places, and do daytrips....

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    I second the suggestion for crater lake, it’s breathtaking. We just had a guest here from NewJersey and we took her to silver falls. There is a trail that goes behind a waterfall.

    If if I had to narrow down though, I’d choose Crater lake and probably Ashland to see some really good theatre.
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    Be sure to visit and hike Multinoma Falls and the Columbia River gorge. Canon Beach and Coos Bay are both coastal places to visit. Washington Park Zoo and the Japanese Gardens in Portland are must visits.
    There are many wonderful places to explore in Oregon! Enjoy your trip.
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    Jill, I also have never been to PNW but Donna Jordan's shop is in Grants Pass in case you need a quilt day

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    Just a couple random thoughts -- it's been years since I did a lot of travel but when my son was younger (so... 20 years ago), I found Oregon to have the best, cleanest, and most often rest stops. Of course, a lot of time and budget changes have happened since then.

    I believe however, that most gas stations still have attendants, that's a little weird for some of us.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/institu.../#4b6a9ca6600e

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    I did read that gas stations still have attendants to fill your tank!

    This is our rough itinerary....now to hone in on sites at each stop and in between to get an idea of how long our trip will be...thinking 10 days plus 2 travel days?

    Fly into Portland, make our way to Astoria, then down the coast to Brookings. Then to Crater Lake, Bend, Hood River, and back to Portland to fly home.
    We will be traveling Sept 2020....wondering if we can “wing it” and make lodging reservations as we go, maybe a day or two ahead of stopping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    Jill, I also have never been to PNW but Donna Jordan's shop is in Grants Pass in case you need a quilt day

    Looks like Jordan Fabrics is the halfway point between Brookings and Crater Lake!

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    I love driving along the Columbia River and the Hood River - there is a camping area along the way but I am always on my way to my niece's home in Central WA or on my way back home to CA. There is so much to see - but I do love he Bend OR area - it's too bad you aren't going to be there in early July, you could see the Sisters OR quilt show. It was quite fun.
    Hope you enjoy your trip - I would love to do it some time. My DH's cousin lives near Sisters OR and we visited with them the last time we drove up. It is such a beautiful area.

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    It sounds like you will mostly be on the West side of the state. Plenty to do and see.

    Near the Sea Lions cave/near Florence (so going up towards Astoria) there was a charming little botanical garden. Usually that is just a walk with trees and names like "Douglas Fir" but this park is a good stretch your legs if not a full destination.
    https://oregonstateparks.org/index.c...Page&parkId=81
    Basically it's a board walk through a carnivorous plant swamp! It was fascinating.

    I guess the Tillamook cheese factory is no longer open to visitors. However, I highly recommend their products and especially the ice cream! Tillamook is an area in Oregon.
    https://visittheoregoncoast.com/cities/tillamook/

    Portland has one of the first of the modern donut shops, Voodoo donuts. They've been featured on the Food Network and Travel Channels
    https://www.voodoodoughnut.com/

    As I mentioned before, the general Portland area is the home to many amazing gardens and nurseries. Lots of places to go and take a moment of peace...
    https://www.thecrazytourist.com/top-...o-in-portland/

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    As an Oregon native, I love, love, love going home for a few days. With my hubby we have returned to visit family and be tourists there. Of course, your interests will make a difference in sites you choose to see, but we are oriented towards nature and hiking and photography on trips. That said my favorite places to return to visit are Multnomah falls in the Columbia River gorge (a good hike up to the top), Crater Lake (on a sunny day, it's a much more beautiful blue), and the wonderful vista from Cascade Head hiking trail at the coast. In Portland, I love the Japanese Gardens, the Chinese gardens, and the wonderful walks down the riverwalk and the portable eating pods scattered here and there - and Powells Bookstore!! There are also some well known winery tours, if you're into that thing, south of Portland in the Lafayette, Dundee and McMinnville area - (we don't do wine, so am not sure what to recommend in that vein). Those are some of my favs, and I'm sure you'll find some of your own wherever you go - it's a big, beautiful and unique state. Enjoy! I echo what someone else said about Joseph - my sis in law lives near there, and it's its own special world out there (just a bit of a drive!)
    KEEP CALM and CARRY ON!!

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    If you are in the Grants Pass area, a jet boat trip on the Rogue River is gorgeous! I've done it in the summer - not sure if they run in the fall. You do get wet We go first thing in the morning as it got very crowded later in the day and take a 2-3 hour tour.
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