48 Relaxing Hours in Florence

A couple slows down and spends some quality time together on Oregon’s Central Coast. More
: Curt Peters, Courtesy of Eugene, Cascades & Coast


Make it easy for yourself.

With a prime location on the Central Oregon Coast at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, Florence offers all of the region’s perks in one visit. From freshwater lakes and miles of coastal sand dunes to world-class landmarks like Heceta Head Lighthouse and the Sea Lion Caves, Florence is a favorite destination for foodies, adventurers and dreamers.

Trip Ideas

  • Road Trip: Florence
    The Central Coast town of Florence (pop. 8,500), set on the Siuslaw River just off of Highway 101, has a charm all its own. With the Old Town neighborhood tucked under the shadow of the 1930s... More
  • 6 Outdoor Adventures in Florence
    Situated on the Central Oregon Coast, Florence is the quintessential beach town, abounding with art, culture, food and stunning shorelines. It's easy to access on Highway 101, and, with a population of 8,500, there's no shortage of activities.... More
  • Dune Riders
    The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area covers forty-two miles from Florence to Coos Bay and is an Oregon landmark for outdoor recreation. It's a stretch of the coast that feels more akin to some vast, exotic locale... More

Ask Oregon

We are traveling from Astoria to Florence on the Oregon Coast. What are some natural wonders we should stop and see along the way?

For natural wonders between Astoria and Florence, I would suggest starting at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach. There are wonderful views of the coastline including Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock and the offshore Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. You can visit Haystack Rock by parking in Cannon Beach and if you visit at low tide you can…


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