Fresh, local seafood, berries and cheese. Diverse flavors from around the world. A casual, affordable picnic lunch. All this and more is yours to discover in Eugene, the Cascades and the Oregon Coast.
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The coastal town of Florence, and the section of scenic Highway 101 from Dunes City to Cape Perpetua, is a "must see" on any Oregon itinerary. Ideally you will have several days to stay along the Oregon Coast, but if you have only one day, here is our suggesttion for a Florence Day Trip. Florence, Oregon is approximately one hour west of Eugene.
Book an early morning tee time at a Florence golf course. Play 18 holes in a unique setting of majestic pines and rolling sand dunes. (Allow 2-3 hours)
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum
Learn about the Siuslaw River and its influence on early industry. Pioneer home life, farming, fishing, lumbering and transportation are illustrated by displays, pictures and treasured relics. Located in Historic Old Town Florence. (Allow 1 hour)
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Heceta Head Lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Located at Devil's Elbow State Park, the lighthouse has been in continuous service since 1894. A short hike on a gravel path leads up to the lighthouse. View the keeper's house (now Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast and interpretive center) and imagine what life was like for a solitary lighthouse keeper and his family. (Allow 1+ hours)
Upgrade your Heceta Head Lighthouse view by taking to the sky with an air tour of the Oregon coastline! (Allow 2-3 hours from the Florence Airport, advance reservations required.)
Sea Lion Caves
See the largest sea cave in America, home to both wild Steller and California sea lions. The caves are a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Purchase a ticket to take an elevator ride 200 feet (61 m) feet down into the cave's interior. The privately-owned grounds include cliffside paths with viewing platforms, a gift store and snack shop. (Allow 1 hour)
If your Oregon Coast adventure is ending all too soon, inquire at The Driftwood Shores Beach Resort for room availability. When you wake up to another beautiful day on the Oregon Coast, you'll be glad you did!