I went to Oregon a few weeks ago to visit my dear friend/brain sister. It was my first taste of the west coast, and I absolutely loved it. Elizabeth is there living with her husband and studying optometry in a town right outside of Portland. She is just the kind of person you want showing you around a place like Oregon. Important note: we drove everywhere in a 1984 camper van which is perfect for obvious reasons. We called it the adventure machine.
On day one, we headed over to the coast for a day of hiking and sightseeing. We went to Cape Falcon and Canon beach. I've got a soft spot for rocky beaches and cliffs by the sea. Maybe it's from growing up in the flatlands of Ohio with trips to the (also very flat) beaches in Florida. Either way, would I rather live by the sea or the mountains? I would choose both every time.