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Staying in Newport/Florence area

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Staying in Newport/Florence area

I'm planning a trip to the Oregon Coast around Labor Day. So far I have 2 nights booked in Newport and one in Florence. I want to do whale watching in the Depoe Bay area and also see the sand dunes, sea lion caves and go to some other photographic locations in the area. Do I need to spend a 3rd night in Florence or is all this feasible in 2 days/nights from Newport? Thanks!

Oregon
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for Newport, Depoe Bay
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1. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

If you have the time spend a night in Florence. Easy to fill your time well at the coast.

Florence, Oregon
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2. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

It is only about a 1 hr drive from Newport to Florence, and there is a lot to do/see in between the two. If you are really considering three nights, I would spend them all at Newport.

Longview, Washington
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for Mount Rainier National Park
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3. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

Yes, stay a third night in Florence. Spend some time at the Dunes, Hecata Head Lighthouse. Personally, I would skip Sea Lion Caves. You will probably see more sea lions sitting on the docks at Newport. The caves are really smelly and not worth the price of admission IMO. However, I'm not a big fan of sea lions. When I'm fishing 70 miles upriver from the ocean and a sea lion takes a nice spring salmon right off my fishing pole, it is really annoying.

Also, not sure how many whales you will see in September. That is between migration times. My kids went on a whale watching tour at Depoe Bay, and never saw a whale, but some of the family got really seasick.

I've seen the gray whales up close in the winter in Hawaii, but have also gone on an orca whale watch tour in the San Juan Islands in Washington where we saw whales, but they were so far away that you needed a really good set of binoculars to see them. Check this website--

visittheoregoncoast.com/whale-watching/

Much to see and do around Newport. The Oregon Coast is spectacular. I think it is the most beautiful in the country. Maine rates #2. Enjoy your visit.

Edited: 12:11 pm, May 29, 2013
Green Valley...
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for Yellowstone National Park, Seattle
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4. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

Newport, OR

http://discovernewport.com/

Yachats/Cape Perpetua

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Miami, Florida
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5. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

Thanks for all your help. I heard there are some resident gray whales that spend the summer at Depoe Bay and it's actually the best time to see the gray whales there, but we'll see. The sea lion caves may be smelly but it seems very unique and something I'd have to see. We don't get any sea lions in Florida. So I guess I'll stick with 2 nights in Newport and 1 in Florence.

Oregon
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for Newport, Depoe Bay
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6. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

There are resident whales in Depoe Bay area. Unfortunately I have not marked down when we have seen them. Fairly often, but not every time we go.

Green Valley...
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7. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

Whether or not you see the caves, in Newport's Olde Towne, along the docks (worth walking, several things to see), you'll hear and see Sea Lions in and out of the water. Funny show.

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8. Re: Staying in Newport/Florence area

Phirl is right. I have lived in the general area for many years. We also see them from Yachats, off Yaquina Head in Newport and Otter Crest any time of the year.

Sea Lion cave is unique.

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