We are planning a trip from May 28-June 1 for my sisters whitecoat ceremony which is in Hillsboro. We are planning on staying Friday/Saturday night there but wanted to explore the area around Portland for the 2days prior. We are torn between a coastal city (newport) or Salem (scope it out to possibly move there) and wondering if anyone has any recommendations? We went to Astoria and Portland last year, and LOVED it. Is Newport similar to Astoria? We are also open to other suggestions of areas to visit. It will be my husband and I and our 3 year old. Thank you in advance.