Our first night, we stayed in Portland, Oregon. It was a 6 hour drive, but we stopped in between cities on our way. Our first stop was in Bellingham, WA (30-45 minutes from the border-crossing) where we had breakfast at McDonalds before heading further down.
We arrived in Seattle, WA at about 10:15am, but we didn't stop to explore or rest there. We also drove past Tacoma, but we'll stop and stay around Sea-Tac area on our way back. The weather was mainly sunny. It did rain on and off during our drive. We're really looking forward to the nice, warmer weather down south.
At about 11am, we stopped at Supermall in Auburn, WA and had a bit of lunch and relaxed. At 12:45pm, we were on the road again. After some long driving and resting in between, we arrived in Portland, OR at about 3:30pm. We stayed at Homestead Studio Suotes Hotel in Tigard. I was amazed with the cleanliness and the full kitchen available for a great deal at $72cdn/night. We reserved a king-sized bed with TV as well as a living room with another TV.