"FLORENCE - SEA LIONS, DUNES AND COVERED BRIDGES" Top 5 Page for this destination Florence by mtncorg

Florence Travel Guide: 109 reviews and 518 photos

Almost 7000 call Florence home - many are retirees. The town is located near the mouth of the Siuslaw River and got its start as a lumber port. A French ship of the name 'Florence' shipwrecked near here, lending inspiration for the town's name. Like other older communities along the Coast (Astoria, Newport, Bandon), Florence has restored its historic Old Town and the results are quite tasteful. Shops, restaurants and a riverside boardwalk are all back dropped by one of Conde McCullough's most graceful bridges.

To the north, lie the dramatic headlands around Heceta Head - some of the most dramatic scenery that the Oregon Coast has to offer. To the south, 50 miles of spectacular sand dunes which rise to almost 500 feet in height - see Worldtrekker's Oregon pages for more on this unique ecosystem - best explored on foot ... maybe, with a gps in hand, too ;-]

  • Last visit to Florence: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2010
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2005 at 3:10 AM

    cool florence page. when i biked the pacific coast i spend a couple of days there hanging out with some old local guys who spend the majority of their time slagging eact other off. very funny old guys.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2005 at 6:48 AM

    More terrific tips for our trip. Wonderful views. You are also the "bridge-king"...I love the fact that you intersperse the works of us humans with the splendor of Mother Nature...Tom

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2004 at 1:56 AM

    So there is another Florence and it's got 200 Stellar sea lions ...I would love to see them. Great writing. frank.

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2004 at 12:41 AM

    The Parks of Oregon, great tips.


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