I'm flying into Portland for a weekend in June, and then I'll be renting a car for a few days to drive down to Crater Lake. However, I want to make a road trip of it and stop in one or two towns along the way. I'll be leaving Portland bright and early Monday morning (though this may change to Sunday), and I'll need to be back around noon on Thursday.
I really want to do some day hikes, but also be able to unwind in town with some good beer and maybe live music. I also love animals, so whale watching in Depoe Bay or the Newport Aquarium could be fun.
So, any recommendations on must-see stops to make between Portland and Crater Lake? Also any recommended Routes?