Driving from Newport, Oregon to Portland?  Here's somethings you should stop at see on the way!

Continuing with our family adventures on the West Coast as we leave Newport and head to Portland, Oregon.

Driving from Newport, Oregon to Portland?  Here's somethings you should stop at see on the way!

1st stop was the Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head Lighthouses. Such a beautiful lighthouse and natural area. It was quite foggy that morning, which made for some cool pictures.

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

2nd stop was the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. We found this be a beautiful campus with lots of cool buildings, old and new.
West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

We also went to OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, which has free to get in. They just ask for donations. I highly recommend this if you’re in that area especially if you have kids with you. Really fun hands-on exhibits.

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

Next up was a stop in Salem, which is Oregon’s Capital. The grounds around the capitol building are impressive with the “Walk of the Flags” display among other statues. I was really glad we visited.

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

Our home base for the rest of our trip was in Hillsboro at the Hampton Inn, so we stopped by there real quick, checked in and dropped our stuff in our room.

Then we drove over to the Rose Garden, the International Rose Test Garden to be exact, which is located in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon. 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties cover this beautiful area that over looks downtown Portland with views of Mount Hood.

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

We actually were able to see Mount Hood and Mount St. Helen’s that day. From there we drove to downtown and parked. It was a happening place because of festival occurring on the water front.
West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

We walked around and decided to walk across Hawthorne Bridge. We actually got stuck on the other side for awhile because the drawbridge came up to let a boat cross underneath.

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

West Coast Trip:Newport to Portland

We had reservations at Stanford’s Restaurant. This is a place we like to go when we’re in the area just because its our namesake. Really good food.

Driving from Newport, Oregon to Portland?  Here's somethings you should stop at see on the way!

See all the pic from the day here.

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