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Things to Do in Florence, Oregon

Things to do in Florence, Oregon

Explore the small, coastal town of Florence. Discover things to do in Florence, Oregon and the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture & natural beauty.

The Oregon coast has its own kind of magic. I don’t recall ever coming across a coastal region that is as versatile, rugged, and serene. There are many hideaways waiting to be discovered in this underrated part of the world. Just last week I went to Pacific City to enjoy the silhouetted rocks, the dunes, and the craft beer that is uniquely Oregon. But that story is for another day. This blog is about my experience in Florence, and some of the things to do in Florence, Oregon.

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14 Stops to Make on an Oregon Coast Road Trip

Port Orford near Battle Rock Park - Oregon coast road trip planner - USA Travel

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A guide for your next Oregon coast road trip! From south to north, know these small seaside cities and local hangouts for your next adventure.

When thinking about an Oregon coast road trip, images of rugged cliffs, turquoise blue waters, and windswept forests come to mind. The untouched beauty of this stretch of the West Coast is appreciated by many, but it rarely feels overcrowded.

An Oregon road trip is the place to catch the best storms and listen to ghost stories. There’s an eeriness as well as a raw attractiveness that make people come back again.

I especially love the long stretches of the southern Oregon coast that are a lot less developed than the north. You feel disconnected from the rest of the country, winding through the curved roads that look out over breathtaking views.

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Top 7 Things to Do in Ashland, Oregon

7 Things to do In Ashland, Oregon

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These are the best things to do in Ashland, Oregon to get a good overview of the city and all it has to offer.

I think I’ve already raved enough about Ashland on this blog that you guys should know how much I’ve enjoyed my time there. It is a one-of-a kind place and easily a favorite city of mine in Oregon.

I’ve only visited Ashland twice, so I’m by no means an expert on the place, but I did want to share with you my top 7 things to do in Ashland, Oregon with the time that I’ve spent there.

Let’s dive into Ashland!

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My 28th Year: On the Places I Once Called Home

Solo traveling through Sydney, Australia in 2013 - The Atlas Heart

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. // Miriam Adeney

I’m currently on a train in Scotland, rolling through the lush green countryside. There are deep blue-grey lochs on my left and clean white light filtering through the many windows in my car. 

This is my life, or at least it has been for the past 5 years. I somehow find myself in the most beautiful places, usually by myself, or all to myself, if you frame it that way. 

It’s my 28th birthday this Saturday. The past years have been a whirlwind of travel memories, some of my strongest friendships, losses, and countless new beginnings. 

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Wrap Up: February 2018

A Guide to Visiting the Taj Mahal - Agra, India

It’s weird to think of the past sometimes and where I was in February at this time last year – in Thailand, then Vietnam, and at the very end of a bad relationship. I was at the cusp of so many things – both positive and negative.

I was in a place where I had shut myself off from the outside world (i.e. living on a tiny remote island). And what I didn’t realize at the time was that I was also preventing myself from appreciating quality connections – both nurturing the old and creating the new.

Fast forward a year later, I’m back in California, surrounded by some of the closest people in my life,  and I feel more grounded than I have in years. Maybe it just took coming home for awhile, or realizing that California is still very much a ‘home’ for me even after all the times I’ve left it and come back.

All this is to say that my February this year kicks last year’s February’s butt.

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Packing Guide for Winter Day Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

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This last year I had the chance to do a lot of day hikes around the Pacific Northwest. I found myself chasing waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, exploring mountainous landscapes at Mt. Rainier National Park, and even adventuring around the epic scenery to be found on Vancouver Island.

Although a lot of these hikes were during spring and summer, the great majority of the hikes I did in Oregon were in the midst of winter. I used the beautiful nature that was anywhere from 1-3 hours outside of Portland to get rid of any lingering winter blues.

The Pacific Northwest is notorious for gloomy, rainy, and wet weather. It does snow occasionally too. Basically, if you’re hiking during the winter, you should be prepared for any kind of weather. The weather can also change multiple times throughout the course of a day.

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Jet Boating the Rugged Rogue River

Jerry's Rogue Jets in Gold Beach, Oregon - USA Travel

There has been only one other time in my life that I’ve been on a jet boat, and that was on the famous Shotover Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown.

Now it’s hard to beat that one. It’s a raucous 20 minute ride that is reminiscent of an amusement park ride where there are death-defying spins and close calls with cliff sides. In other words, it was an adrenaline rush in the best ways.

The recent jet boat ride I did with Jerry’s Rogue Jets in Gold Beach, Oregon was a different experience in a few ways. There were still spins here and there, but the main purpose of the tour wasn’t for the giddy-inducing stomach flips. It was for the scenery.

And, let me tell you, the Rogue River knows how to set a beautiful scene.

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20 Gorgeous Photos to Inspire You to Visit the Oregon Coast

Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Oregon - USA Travel

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With the stress of the US election and its results still ringing in our ears, I think we could all use a post that reminds us of the beauty that still exists in America. Last month, I visited the southern parts of the Oregon coast for a short trip, only to find some of the most striking and ethereal spots in the state – and that’s saying something!

I started my journey in the small seaside town of Brookings and continued all the way up to Cape Blanco, before cutting back to the Eugene area after my trip. The drive took two days in total and there were a lot of gems along the way.

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Ashland, Oregon in the Fall – Why You Need to Go!

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The Best Time to Visit Ashland, Oregon? The fall. This is why.

Although the city is stunning at anytime of the year, I personally think the best time to visit Ashland, Oregon is in the fall.

I visited the city for the first time last summer when I went to my first Oregon Shakespeare Festival production. This year, I had a chance to visit again in the early fall and I fell even more in love with Oregon’s cultural capital.

One aspect that Oregon does well is fall foliage and although Ashland is almost to the California border, it still has beautiful mild seasons and colorful leaves in the fall.

This time I didn’t have full days of trying to fit in as much as possible like I did last summer, but a more relaxed and local experience that sat well with me.

I still managed to get to another Oregon Shakespeare Festival play to my excitement and I squeezed in a pint at Caldera Brewing, but, other than that, I had a lot of new experiences that further endeared me to the city.

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The Surprising Reason I Didn’t Like Portland, Oregon

What is Portland Oregon Like? The Surprising Reason Why I Didn't Like Portland, Oregon - USA Travel

What is Portland, Oregon like to live in? This was my honest first-hand experience with the Pacific Northwest City.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” // Martin Luther King Jr. 

I’ve gone back and forth about whether I wanted to write about the last year and a half I lived in Portland, Oregon.

It seems to be a city that is loved by many and disliked by none. There seems to be countless reasons to live in Portland, yet no one talks about the downsides.

Well, here I am to talk about the not so pleasant aspects of Portland – I honestly found it to be a city that constantly made me depressed and negative on a regular basis.

I’m generally a positive person. I try to focus on the good aspects in life and shake off the bad. I tried my best to adhere to that positive mentality while I lived in Portland. However, there was an underlying nature to the city that I could not get on board with.

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