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Florence or Astoria?

We will have 1.5 days to spend on the coast in August. We can either drive to Astoria from our flight arrival in Portland early Saturday morning or drive to Florence from Eugene later in the week. We are a family or 4 with 2 older teens. Interested in local shops and culture, great views, maybe some walks on the beach. We can either stay put in one location, or drive up/down the coast to Newport before turning inland to I-5. Does this make sense with the time we have? Recommendations appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Florence or Astoria?

Given your short time, I would opt for Astoria. Though not on the coast (it is on the Columbia River some 5 miles inland), it is a beautiful, historic town with plenty to do to keep the kids entertained. Plus, it's an easy drive to some great beaches.

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2. Re: Florence or Astoria?

I'm unclear as to your itinerary and days in, for example, Portland and Eugene. Are you visiting the latter re: college? How many trip days have you?

Newport area has more to offer than Florence (though we do like it; there are the Dunes, old town, etc.), including very scenic coastline and things to do.

Astoria is fine as noted above, though, as said, not on the coast, and you'd have to drive a few miles north to Cape Disappointment State Park (WA) and south to Cannon Beach area (which can include several fine OR coastal beaches).

Cannon Beach is nice to walk around, artsy/craftsy, with iconic Haystack Rock, plus Ecola, Arcadia and more very scenic state parks to the south.

North of CB, Seaside is honky tonk, high school and college kids flock there. The beach there is boring compared to any others mentioned.

Newport, OR http://discovernewport.com/

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area blm.gov/or/…index.php

Yachats/Cape Perpetua Not to be missed! South of Waldport.

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Edited: 06 June 2014, 15:07
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3. Re: Florence or Astoria?

Hi again... I decided to read your other posts and it sounds like your itinerary is in deep transition! :)

I see U of O in your plans. A suggestion given the nature of the geography and distances/time here; as your itinerary firms up, post the entire itinerary so we can have perspective and hopefully better advise you.

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4. Re: Florence or Astoria?

Astoria has lots to do! www.oldreogon.com and the beaches are just minutes away. Fort Stevens State Park, Gearhart, Seaside are all places where you could enjoy beach time. Astoria has local culture, cool shops, a Maritime Museum and beautiful views. Check out The Bridgewater Bistro there for a nice meal with views of the bridge and Columbia River. :)

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5. Re: Florence or Astoria?

I don't know.... The combination of teenagers and dune buggy rides might be enough to tip the scales to Florence. Great fun! But I'd suggest you stay in Newport rather than Florence. It would offer more of a beach/coastal experience, in contrast to Astoria and Seaside, where the focus is more on history and kitschy commercialism, respectively.

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6. Re: Florence or Astoria?

We are visiting the University of Oregon, but don't plan to spend much time in Eugene other than that. We are flying into Portland and plan to visit friends in Hood River but only for a day. Basically, we have 4 days in the Portland/Eugene area to work with and then 4 days in Washington where we will finish with a campus tour in Seattle. My family wants to hike, admire the scenery, see the coast because we don't get the to ocean much, and maybe go whitewater rafting. My husband is the foodie in the group.

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7. Re: Florence or Astoria?

"My family wants to hike, admire the scenery, see the coast because we don't get the to ocean much..."

This fits better into the Florence - Newport area than it does Astoria and/or Seaside. Fits pretty well with the Manzanita - Cannon Beach area too.

Not sure where you'd fit in the white water rafting, unless you somehow worked it into the Hood River day. There are outfits running trips down the Clackamas River, close to Portland, but the more popular whitewater rivers are southeast of the city.

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8. Re: Florence or Astoria?

Yes we are going to Hood River for 1-2 days; a friend works for Wet Planet and that is where we will take a 1/2 day whitewater tour.

Okay I think we are going to do the Florence-Newport area. Thanks for the help everyone!

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