Sea Lion Caves, Florence, OR
This stop was unplanned. I didn't know it existed. It just sort of popped up as we went down the coast––a conveniently placed little "tourist trap" that we decided to embrace. It was spontaneous and endearing. The sea lions weren't even there (it was totally off season), but the views, the giant sea cave, the little gift shop, and the thoughtful rain check ticket that's given for a time when the sea lions are there was all very appreciated. We came away enjoying the stop (we ended up spying at least two sea lions as they came in with the waves, but they opted not to stay for long).
I would recommend this stop even for the awesome sea cave and views of nearby lighthouse, Heceta Head Light. The people and the gift shop there were nice too. Bet it's even more amazing when the giant squalor of sea lions decide to show up for the party.