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“One of my favorite places”
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Selah, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 helpful votes
“One of my favorite places”
Reviewed June 28, 2011

Sea Lion Caves are okay but very pricey ... Heceta Head lighthouse is gorgeous, $5 to park otherwise free, nice beach, free lighthouse tours, cool 1/2 mile trail to lighthouse. I have been there 4 times and seen whales spouting 3 of the times I was there. The trail to the lighthouse is beautiful. If you veer onto the grassy trail left of the main trail just past the caretakers house (where the trail turns right) you can go off the beaten path and enjoy spectacular views of the lighthouse, ocean and gorges. When you get to what seems like the end of these unmarked trails you will find some info plaques if you go to the right of those you can actually take another off the beaten path trail out onto the rocks. It is one of my favorite places in the world. Not many people realize that these trails are even there and it is a shame to miss them. There are no safety railings so be careful with small children, although I took a very energetic 3 year old there and he was fine with a vigilante eye kept on him, and he loved it. The kids had a blast playing in the waves and the rocks. The Florence sand dunes and beaches are stunning and not to be missed. Also lots of recreational activities. Florence is a wonderful place to take your kids or to take out of state visitors.
We hiked Hobbit Trail, China Beach Loop and Haceta Lighthouse trail from Hobbit trail, it was steep in a few places the views were amazing and I would recommend the trails to anyone looking for a relatively short/easy day hike along the ocean cliffs.

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Pahrump, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
20 helpful votes
“Oregon Coast”
Reviewed June 14, 2011

I don't think I need to tell anyone about the beautiful coast line of Oregon. If you spend time in Florence you will definately enjoy your time looking into old shops and eating great seafood. The people of Florence were extremely nice to us. We have done the Oregon Coast 3 times in the last six years and we always enjoy ourselves. If you like to fish make sure you stop at North Lake RV Resort & Marina which has everything and is located on Ten Mile Lake and enjoy great fishing.

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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
“I Love Florence, OR”
Reviewed May 19, 2010

A small little town along the coast with beautiful sights. I think its one of the most beautiful places in Oregon. This is a town that's old, but very special. Florence is a great place to visit if you like friendly people, the beach, parades, and carnivals. My favorite part of Florence is the Roady Days. The Roady Days is a weekend of fun. This is a big carnival open Old Town and a parade goes on one of the days. There is also a old car parade, in which old, stylish, newly painted cars drive by. This is a town full of excitement and cheer. I highly reccomend Florence as a travel visit!

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Redmond, WA
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
“Best place on the Oregon coast (not crowded)”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

We returned from a trip to the Oregon coast this August including the wonderful quiet town on U.S. 101 called Florence, near the Oregon Sand Dunes. There is so much to do here that it is worth the trip from anywhere in the states.

For one thing, you can explore the sand dunes. Also, you can check out the Sea Lion Caves, a local attraction for years where you take an elevator down to this HUGE cave to see these magnificent creatures in a natural (untouched) habitat. No, you can't pet them or even use flash photography but you can observe their behavior.

Also nearby is the fabulous Heceta Head lighthouse and you can hike to the lighthouse for a tour, or just admire it from the beach under the bridge on Highway 101 (there is a parking area and a picnic area here).

Up the road a bit, heading North on 101, is the famous Cape Perpetua Scenic Area in the Siuslaw National Forest. From the Cape Perpetua Viewpoint, you can get a full view of the area below, including the many tidepools, the Spouting Horn, and the Devil's Churn. It is just spectacular! Great for photos, too.

If you keep driving up the coast (from Cape Perpetua), and only about 50 miles from Florence, you end up in scenic Newport, Oregon, also along the coast and off Highway 101. Here, you must stop and see the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Kids love it, adults will too. At first, I was skeptical, but once inside I marveled at the Passages of the Deep exhibit (an underwater acrylic tunnel), and the sea lions and sea otters, not to mention the numerous aquariums with all species of local fish and the tidepools, too. Just go see it! Worth the price (only $14.95).

I also want to add that if you are camping, you can find many places to stay including untold numbers of state parks (owned by Oregon) all up and down the coastline. However, you MUST make a reservation during the Summer if you want to get in.

That's all, just go enjoy the scenic beauty of this area! I live in Washington state (up North from here) and I drove all the way down to explore and admire Oregon.

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1 review
1 helpful vote
“Family camping near Florence”
Reviewed October 8, 2009

We enjoyed a brief (3-night) family camping trip to the Oegon Coast in late August. Clean and easy facilities were found at Honeyman State Park and even though the site was well-used it was still very quiet. Great activites from hiking on the dunes or the beach, to evening park-ranger programs on local natural history, to a short drive for tide-pooling adventures. The small downtown of Florence was a quick stop for some shopping, ice cream, watching fishing boats come in, and grabbing a bite to eat. It was a fun trip that we'd easily repeat in years to come.

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