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Portland, Coast, Wineries, Crater Lake - too much?

Portland, Coast, Wineries, Crater Lake - too much?

Old Sep 13th, 2008, 08:45 PM
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Portland, Coast, Wineries, Crater Lake - too much?

Need help! Wanting to spend 5-7 days exploring Portland, wineries, and coast (thinking Cannon Beach). Is adding Crater Lake too much? Will be driving from Boise ID. Hoping to get away late Sept early Oct. We like to hike and explore, not too big on cities. Recommendations? Thanks!
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Old Sep 13th, 2008, 10:37 PM
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Normally if you are arriving/departing from Portland, it's a long round trip just to/from Crater Lake, but if you tack it onto the beginning or end, since you are coming from Boise, it's not too much extra drive time, just a few hours to stop there. Probably just an extra day. I'd make a list of all that you hope to do and plot all your destinations on a Google Map.
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Old Sep 14th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Yes, driving from Boise makes it much easier to include CL on a short trip. You will want to really watch the forecast there though as they get snow quite early. It is common for the north entrance to close by October. So just check the forecast before you head out and have a plan B.
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Old Sep 15th, 2008, 09:06 AM
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Sounds like a nice plan, you may want to schedule some time for the Columbia Gorge when in the Portland area of your trip. ***kim***
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Old Sep 15th, 2008, 10:59 AM
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I agree with Andrew and mms. In fact, you might just make a big loop out of this trip: Boise - Crater Lake - Coast - Wine Country - Portland - Boise. Or, the reverse. With this route, it would make more sense to visit the central coast - think Overleaf Lodge in Yachats: More things to see and do on the central coast anyway, and the scenery is just as good or better than further north. Couple long driving days though....

As for overnights, I'd think 1 around Crater Lake, 2-3 on the coast, and 2 in Portland. The drive between the central coast and Portland takes you right through wine country, so you wouldn't need an overnight there.
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