If you have ever traveled the coast of Oregon to photograph lighthouses, Florence is the town just south of Heceta Head Lighthouse. The action to the south of Florence is found on the 42 miles of sand dunes called the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, stretching from Florence as far south as Coos Bay. Take the first right turn after crossing the Siuslaw Bridge heading south. Drive out to the end of the jetty to find many trails that climb over a long ridge line of tall dunes, the largest coastal dunes in North America and some of the tallest, at over 500 feet in height. The dune trails are steep and the sand is soft. To find easier sand dune photographs, drive about 5 miles north of Florence to find several high viewpoints on 101, looking south, that are especially nice at sunset.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.