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Oregon Sea Lion Caves
North of Florence, Oregon

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Parking above Highway 101 at the Oregon Sea Lion Caves

Parking above Highway 101 at the Oregon Sea Lion Caves

The Sea Lion Caves are the biggest tourist attraction on the coast of Oregon. The first public access was provided in 1932, and an elevator added in 1961. This stretch of the coastal highway, from north of Heceta Head, over a bridge, through a tunnel, along high cliffs, and finally down the grade to the dune flats near Florence, was the most difficult and expensive to build.

Sea Lion Caves, north of Florence, Oregon

Date photographed: August 8, 2014
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Gift shop entrance to the Oregon Sea Lion Caves

Gift shop entrance to the Oregon Sea Lion Caves

The Oregon Sea Lion Caves are a genuine wonder, a huge sea cave with herds of bellowing Steller sea lions. But I have always been put off by the ubiquitous advertising (as far south as San Francisco), and the tacky gift shop one must enter and exit through.

Sea Lion Caves, north of Florence, Oregon

Date photographed: August 8, 2014
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