"Well, you could take highways 99W and 18 (from Portland to Lincoln City, OR), but there's a lot of stop-and-go traffic on the two-lane highways." This was the answer I received when I asked about taking this route to our next stop.
But we wanted to see some countryside and towns rather than staying on I-5 for a longer period before heading west on highway 22 and connecting with highway 18 near Lincoln City.
And as is often the case, the roads less traveled possess surprises. We passed what we later learned was the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is located in McMinnville.
Unfortunately, we missed it.
But our consolation was the countryside of western Oregon.
We spent a few minutes just enjoying the scenes along the coast near Lincoln City.