Hi there (especially Judy - as I guess you'll have the most ideas!),
Just heard that I'll be spending the first week of March in Vancouver/Portland so will tag on a few days at the end in order to see some beautiful US scenery. But where?
A round trip is necessary and current plan is to travel Friday, Saturday and Sunday, flying back to Europe on the Monday.
I've discounted the idea of heading North as it all looks a bit to 'civilised'. North East to Mount St Helens would be nice but (1) I've visited before and (2) I may yet decide to arrive a day earlier than necessary on the previous weekend to visit during a different season.
Westward to the coast would be fun too - but I've driven the entire Oregon coast before and when you're flying X,000 miles to get there it seems a shame to go somewhere you've travelled before.
All of which really leaves just two points on the compass.
A cursory glance at a map suggests that heading East along the Columbia River Gorge might be a good starting point. Any ideas of a circular trip with this as the first or indeed last leg? Might snow be an issue?
Or how about South to Crater Lake? One of my great regrets of my previous visit to this part of the country was not seeing Crater Lake but I'm guessing that it's a bit too far for my timescale if I'm going to have time to stop and see other stuff (and quite possibly inaccessible due to snow in early March anyway). But would adding a fourth day make all the difference?
Open spaces, rivers, mountains, wildlife and photogenic landscapes are what I'm looking for. Your advice was fantastic for Idaho 06 and Chicago-Seattle 05 - I'd be eternally grateful if you help me make Oregon 07 equally unforgettable.