I'm planning to visit Oregon next weekend i.e., Apr 30 - May 2, 2016. I've 3 days time. I'm flying to Portland probably Thursday night or Friday morning and back on Monday evening. Is it a good time to visit ? I've been reading that some places around Crater Lake are closed at this time and Sept/Oct would be the best time to visit. I've other plans around that time of the year and I want to visit Oregon this year itself. Is crater lake worth visiting late April?
I'm planning to visit Columbia River Gorge, Portland Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden, Rose Garden. Optionally one of the beaches (Haystack Rock ?). Any suggestions on other places to visit in 3 day period ? I'm generally fast paced and keep hopping to places. I enjoy nature and scenery.
I will call NPS tomorrow to find how the weather is.
On a sider note, I'm buying Rand McNally Atlas tomorrow, please defer that in comments :)