We are planning a 12 day trip to Northwest. Flying into Seattle to start and spend 3 nights there then onto Portland for 3 nights. Here comes the questions. Should we make Portland a base and try to see the coast and the Mt Hood and gorge area from there before returning to Port Angeles to take a ferry over to Victoria? Or is it worth the trip to go onto Kennewick and Yakima on the way to take a ferry over to Victoria?