typical route would be Sea to Pdx. You can cut over to the coast several areas. Hwy 26 will bring you into Seaside and Cannon Beach or you could drive a little farther and cut over at Corvallis and hit the coast at Newport. I've always stayed in Coos Bay or that area but you have lots of options. From there I would go to Eureka before hitting the Redwood Highway and into SF.
On your way to Portland, take a small detour and visit Mt. St. Helens. It is very interesting!
Okay, the night of the 16th you'll be in Portland, so that leaves you two more nights (17th & 18th) on the way to SF? I realize that you probably want to stop to see the city, but your second and third days will have longer driving hours.
You'll be covering a lot of territory in a short time.
If you took I-5 south to Salem, then across Hwy 22 to Lincoln City, that's about 2.5-3 hours. Then drive south on Hwy 101. One hour+ later, you can stop in Yachats, a very pretty small town. You will then have about 6+ hours to Eureka, and about 5-6 hours from Eureka to SF.
Or, if you drive south of Yachats for that night, you will need to go all the way south to Bandon before you are on the oceanfront again, about another 2.5 hours or so. There are about 50 miles of sand dunes along the coast, so the road is inland.
Coos Bay is another option; they do have a new hotel right on the bay at The Mill Casino.
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