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A Three-Day Weekend on the Coast

Published: July 07, 2017

 

Revitalize your soul on the beaches of the Pacific. Put your feet in the sand. Feel the ocean wind in your hair.

Whether it's winter weather with fog, rain and thundering waves or summer weather with brilliant blue skies and sea, warm sunlight and salty air; a trip to the coast will be memorable. 

Under Siuslaw River Bridge by Deigh Bates
Under Siuslaw River Bridge by Deigh Bates

 

Day One

Sightseeing

Drive the craggy cliffs of Hwy 101 north, taking in stunning views and stopping to beach comb on the miles of empty sand beaches.

Along the way visit a rare carnivorous flower, a hundred-year-old lighthouse and a marine cave home to sea lions. 

During whale migration, watch Gray whales cavorting just off shore. Enjoy the views from Cape Perpetua and have lunch in the small oceanfront town of Yachets. 

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Pacific Coast Scenic Byway - An All American Road

  • Hwy 101, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.574.2679
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Darlingtonia State Natural Site

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Carl G. Washburne State Park

  • Hwy 101, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.547.3416
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Heceta Head Lighthouse

  • 92072 Hwy 101 S, Yachats OR 97498
  • P: 541.547.3416
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Sea Lion Caves

  • 91560 Hwy 101 N, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.547.3111
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Cape Perpetua Visitor Center

  • 2400 Hwy 101, Yachats OR 97498
  • P: 541.547.3289

Camp or Cabin

Along the coastline are plenty of campgrounds and cabins. Add a little rustic element to your adventures, but plan ahead as these popular lodging options fill up quickly in the summer season.

Day Two

Choose Your Own Adventures

Now that you've seen the sights, it's time to get active! Explore the dunes by buggy or learn to sandboard on the massive sand hills. Ride horses on the beach, play a round of golf or paddle a kayak through the Siltcoos Recreation Area. Whale watch by plane or cast out a fishing line at one of the many coastal lakes. 

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Jessie M. Honeyman State Park

  • Hwy 101, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 800.551.6949
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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

  • 855 Hwy 101, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.271.6000
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Sand Dunes Frontier

  • 83960 Hwy 101 S, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.3544
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AeroLegends

  • 2001 Airport Way, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.991.3579
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Sandland Adventures

  • 85366 Hwy 101 S, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.8087
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C&M Stables Oregon Coast Horseback Riding

  • 90241 Hwy 101 N, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.7540
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Siltcoos Lake

  • South of Florence on Hwy 101, Florence OR 97439
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Cleawox Lake

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Ocean Dunes Golf Links

  • 3345 Munsel Lake Rd, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.3232
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Florence Golf Links

  • 1201 35th St, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.1940

Florence overnight

Rest your tired body in an oceanfront or riverfront hotel in or near Historic Old Town Florence. When you stay in the heart of the hub, you can walk to coffee in the morning!

Day Three

Historic Old Town Florence

Meander the charming riverfront town, visiting the local museums and shopping for mementos. Florence offers plenty of entertainment from the movie theater to the casino. Enjoy a farmers' market, the performing arts or gaming. Dine on fresh seafood at some pretty amazing little eateries.

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Oregon Coast Military Museum

  • 2145 Kingwood St, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.902.5160
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Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

  • 278 Maple St, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.7884
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City Lights Cinemas

  • 1930 Hwy 101, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.305.0014
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Florence Events Center

  • 715 Quince St, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.1994
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Three Rivers Casino Resort

  • 5647 Hwy 126, Florence OR 97439
  • P: 541.997.7529
Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.