About Florence Florence, a quiet coastal town off of Highway 101, has a population of about 8,500 people. Though the way that Florence got its name is still in question, we do know that it was historically a port town. Lumber and fishing were important commodities to maintain the local economy. That port, called the Port of Siuslaw, is still active today, though it is a separate government entity from the City of Florence. In Florence, there are many lighthouses, beaches, and opportunities for wildlife viewing!
Things to do in Florence
Visit the beautiful Heceta Head Lighthouse just north of Florence. This lighthouse, built in 1894 and standing 56 feet tall, has the most powerful light on the Oregon Coast. It is surrounded by a rugged beach which is accessible to visitors. If you go at the right time of year, you might even see whales! Florence also has many sand dunes! You can go there on your own to go “sledding” down them like a snowy mountain, take in the natural beauty, or take an ATV ride! There are several companies which offer guided tours. There are many quaint shops in Florence’s small downtown area. Stroll down the Florence Boardwalk Market for fresh fruit and artisan vendors. Be sure to stop by the Backstreet Gallery, which is a local artist’s co-op showcasing Florence’s artistic talent.
Day Trips from Florence Just over an hour from Florence, Eugene is the home of the University of Oregon. Take a tour of the beautiful campus and take advantage of its many activities. This bike-friendly city can be explored on two wheels as you travel between Eugene’s farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries, and coffee shops. Siuslaw National Forest, north of Florence via scenic Highway 101, offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, four major rivers, and many opportunities for camping and hiking. Hike up to Marys Peak for stunning meadow and mountain views from the highest point in the Oregon Coast Range. Though it is lesser known than Napa, Oregon’s wine country in the Willamette Valley is no less impressive. Wineries dot the rolling, golden hills. Visit top-rated Erath Wineries in Dundee, or drive further up into the hills at Elk Cove Vineyards for award-winning Pinot Noir and panoramic views.
Accommodation in Florence There are nearly 100 vacation rentals available near Florence on Tripping.com. Many properties are near the beach, offering ocean views and beach access. Florence is a family-friendly city, and several rentals have multiple bedrooms for a reasonable price. Look for dog-friendly properties so that the whole family can enjoy a rejuvenating trip to Florence!
Transportation in Florence The Eugene airport, 60 miles away, offers a handful of domestic flights. For international flights and a wider variety of airlines to choose from, you can fly into Portland International Airport, which is about three hours from Florence. Travelers who are driving can access Florence via Highway 101 from the north or the south. Once you arrive, many destinations are within walking or biking distance along the scenic coastline.