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Hello Fodorites; I love these boards, to me they are so much more valuable then reading some of the online guide books out there. After many years of having to postpone this trip for various reasons, we have finally purchased tickets for Oregon this summer. Time and money restraints mean we only have 6 1/2 days to make the most of our trip. I've run into a few bumps & I need help. Before I continue, let me mention that this trip includes my two kids 8&10, my mil, my sister & of course my dh. Here's what I've got so far:

Arrive PDx mid morning Friday pick up rental & head straight to Hood River stopping at Portland womens forum, Vista house, possibly stopping by any falls that are visible within a short walking distance. Check in Best Western Hood River.

Saturday head out early for hike to Multnomah falls/Wakheena falls. Allowing 4-5 hours for this with our group. Assuming mid afternoon arrival back at hotel, relax a bit, before heading out for drive to Mt. Hood and possible dinner at Timberline Lodge. Head back to Hood River.

Sunday head out to beach rental at Yachats. I'm a little worried here as I'd like to stop at Cannon Beach on the way. I calculate apx. 2 hours to Cannon Beach. Hang out a bit, then another 3 hours to Yachats. Don't know if we'll have time to stop at Tillamok or any other must see attractions.

Monday Yachats check out Cape Perpetua and the various hikes there.

Tuesday I had been planning to drive to Drift Creek Falls, but have just realized that it is apx. 3 hours from Yachats. Too far for a day trip. I'm researched out, and don't know what to plan for this day. We've visited most major Aquariums in the country with our kids, including the one in Stanley park/ Vancouver and while I love aquariums, I feel like we should concentrate on outdoor activities, so I'll only consider the Newport aquarium if it's a rainy day. As far as lighthouses, I've read that the Haceta lighthouse is closed for restoration.What else can we do within an hours drive? Is the sea lion cave worth it?

Wednesday - think it would be fun & different to try a dune buggey ride. Have found some close by @ Florence. Need more activities for rest of day.

Thursday - leave Yachats for Portland. Planning on stopping at one of the outfitters that offer 1/2 day rapid rides on the Clackamas. Finish drive to Portland to check into an as of yet undetermined hotel for early morning flight back home.

I'm really missing a somewhat major hike to do on Tuesday. While I love our rental in Yachats, I'm now wondering if I should look into something a little more north were we can have more acces to other state parks. I was looking forward to the drift creek falls hike, and can't believe I misjudged it's location. I need a hike, not too easy, but not to strenuous that gives us the wow factor. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

I know Ive already made this post too long, but I've already spent days on line trying to figure this out (though I must admit, this is part of the fun) but I'm at the point where I need help. Thank you in advance for you input.

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