I'm a Portlander (OR). I have a friend coming out this summer July 25 to Aug 5th for a road trip (loves outdoors and hiking and food)and I was wondering if this itinerary makes sense? Keep in mind its peak season and lots of hotels etc are fully booked:
Day 1 : Wed pick up friend from PDX airport and drive to Columbia River Gorge hotel and spa. Stop along the way and hike Beacon Rock for views over the CRG.
Day 2: CRG, Hood River, hike and wineries.
Day3: Drive to Mt Rainier get there around 6pm. Overnight at Fireplace Lodging in Ashford.
Day 4 and 5 Mt Rainier National Park. (skyline trail etc)
Day 6: Drove to Olympic NP. Overnight at Seacliff Gardens in Port angeles
Day 7 and 8: Port Angeles and select day trips to Olympic NP, The Hoh, La Push and Port Townsend
Day 9/10/11: Drive to Portland OR and spend the 3 nights in the city. Food-carts, Rose Garden, etc.
I don't want it to be too rushed and thought we could do Northern Cascades NP, the OR coast and Crater Lake for another time. Any input? I've forgotten what tourists like to see in Portland OR!!!!!