My family of five is traveling through Western Oregon in late July. We will have four days to travel north up the coast (I know S. is preferred, but Crator Lake Lodge availability prevented this). My initial plan for traveling from Crescent City back to Portland was to spend two nights in Florence or Yachats and then one night in Cannon Beach. My husband doesn't like the anticipated drive time, and he is suggesting that we cut out the northern coast visit to spend the last night in Portland.
My question is: will we miss seeing a particular geographic variation in the coast north of Newport that we will not experience south of the same? Do the well-traveled argue for making the drive to Cannon Beach?