I've posted before about our upcoming trip, but now that it's so close, we are in the "realities" of really planning our schedule/itinerary to specific days, etc....so here's yet another question. :-)
My husband and I will be in Portland for the next week. We are definitely planning on spending at least a half day exploring the Gorge (or a full day if we do the Mt. Hood loop). We are also interested in seeing Mt. St. Helens and the coast.
Since the main reason we're visiting is to experience Portland itself, we don't want to schedule too many day trips, as we'll really only have 5 full days out there once travel is accounted for. So we don't want to spend more than 2 days out of the city, and with one being dedicated to the Gorge, we're thinking we will need to choose between dedicating the other day to a trip to Mt. St. Helens OR the coast (Cannon Beach & Astoria were our thoughts...but we're open to suggestions!).
We don't plan on doing any "real" hiking anyplace while we're out there; just walks around to look at the scenery and take photos....so that isn't a factor in this decision.
We are from New England, and although we know that the PNW coastline is different from our Atlantic one, experiencing beaches and port-towns in general is not new to us. Neither of us have ever seen a volcano, so we were leaning a little toward Mt. St. Helens. But then every time I see a photo of the Oregon coast, it makes me lean toward going there...it's absolutely stunning!
Thoughts? Thanks in advance for any advice, perspectives, etc. :-)