Florence, Oregon has been our home-base for the last several days. The town was just listed by Expedia as "2016 One of the Most Beautiful towns in America". We agree. The downtown water-front area is as quaint and interesting as any we have ever seen. Good restaurants, interesting shops and a colorful public boat dock on the Siuslaw River, make for some nice strolls with scenic river views. The Farmer's Market is held there every weekend plus the famous "Dancing with Sea Lions" Community/Public Art Displays are scattered all throughout town and the historic water front district. Here are a few of these really cool Sea Lions sculptures.
Florence's Public Boat Dock. Note the rotting pilings, the remnants of those historical long gone piers.
have been restored and are now used for restaurants and shops.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
backs up to our campground and is a very popular area to explore..if you have ATV.
Just up Highway 101, about 20 miles north of where we are located in Florence, is one of the most scenic areas of Oregon's coastline, the Cape Perpetua Headland and Scenic Area. We have driven up to this place almost everyday. In spite of the low hanging fog most days, the views here are stunning. This viewpoint is about 800 feet high, the tallest point accessible by car on the Oregon Coast. On clear days, one can see about 70 miles up the coastline.
The Whispering Spruce Trail not only leads to a spectacular viewpoint but to the Rock House and it's view as well.
The Giant Spruce Trail, also on Cape Perpetua, takes you to one of the most incredible trees we have ever seen. This spruce tree is estimated to be almost 600 years old and began it's life on a nurse log. It has survived major wind storms, several forest fires, an earthquake and even a tsunami! It is over 185 feet tall and has a circumference of 40 feet.
Just one more of the many scenic views along this section of the Oregon coast.
More later..The Heceta Head Lighthouse.