We are planning a 6 day road trip for 2 adults who love hiking, photography and picturesque towns from San Francisco to Washington State, primarily along the coast. We really want to see Redwood National Forest (I know it's not in Oregon!), some part of the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge to watch (and photograph) the windsurfers.
What are the trade-offs in going over to Crater Lake National Park and giving up some of the coastal drive? If you recommend going over to Crater Lake would you come back to the coast near Brandon or Nye or go up to Portland elsewhere? If you would not recommend going over to Crater Lake on this particular trip what are your must sees along the coast (or elsewhere) that you would recommend instead?