My husband and I are in the very early stages of planning a long weekend trip to the PNW next year, most likely over Memorial Day Weekend (simply because I will have that Monday off work, making it ideal for us to fly back on that day without me having to take an additional vacation day). Our plan would be to fly out either late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning and renting a car, giving us Thursday evening, all day Friday, all day Saturday and all day Sunday to drive and explore. Here is where advice is needed. We can't decide whether we want to fly into Portland or Seattle and road trip, ending in the the opposite city to fly home (i.e.: Portland to Seattle or Seattle to Portland), or whether we should pick one to fly into and out of and just focus on exploring around one or the other. Does that make sense? We would ideally like to go to the coast at some point, and drive east another day with the hopes of doing a moderate day hike or two to see some of the stunning mountain views. When we aren't driving or hiking, we enjoy visiting breweries and trying out restaurants (particularly love wood fired pizza, ice cream, good coffee/donut shops), and really enjoy towns/cities that have kind of a bohemian/artsy vibe. (Asheville, NC has been one of our favorite spots we've road tripped to, for example). So we'd like any overnight stays to be in areas that are maybe fairly walkable with the above food and drink options available. Any advice and input would be so appreciated!