My husband is going to Portland on business, and I am wondering if I should tag along. How far is the coast from Portland, Mt. Hood? What are the best area's to explore from Portland as a base? We love natural beauty. I have always wanted to travel to the Pacific Northwest, just not sure this is the time to do it. I would be exploring on my own during the day, and he can join me early evenings to explore as well. Any quick advise?