We'll be in the Northwest during mid-July. We have some physical limitations so there won't be any substantial hiking. We enjoy natural scenery, photography, mountain views, and unique shopping and dining opportunities. We'll be spending three days in Seattle and two days around Olympic National Park before heading south.
We are staying in Ocean Shores, WA the night before we will head to Oregon. We definitely want to go to Mt. St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge. We've read so much about Cannon Beach and Astoria that the coast is sounding good too. We will be spending some time on the Washington coast. Is the landscape very different around Cannon Beach? We won't be swimming, just looking around.
Here's the dilemma. We were thinking about leaving Ocean Shores and going to Mt. St. Helen's and then staying around Troutdale for two nights, spending one day to do the gorge and Mt. Hood. The next day we would look around Portland, especially the glass museum. Would it be possible to do the glass museum and go out to Cannon Beach, up to Astoria and back to Troutdale to the same hotel in one day?
Would it make more sense to leave Ocean Shores and go south to Astoria and Cannon Beach, and stay there; then move on to Troutdale and do the gorge and Mt. Hood, the glass museum the next day and then up to Mt. St. Helens on the way back to Seattle?
Thanks for your input!