I have never been to the west coast and will be there with my son as he is attending a conference in mid August. We will be in Portland for 5 days and while he is attending his conference I would like to take in the sights. I have done a bit of research already about some of the attractions that I would like to see and have read some of your suggestions to others. One thing I would really love to do is to rent a car and drive to the coast to see the Pacific Ocean (neither of us has seen it!). If we were to leave early on a Sunday morning, which beach is the best to drive to with ease? Cannon Beach is the most suggested on some travel sites, but I wanted to double check. Also, if he needs to get back to Portland by 4:00 for a presentation, would we be able to see more than one town/beach? Thanks so much for any help...I am sure I will have more questions as we get closer to the trip!