If you're looking to connect with nature, the Pacific Northwest is definitely a vast playground filled with everything from volcanoes and the deepest lakes, to colored canyons and rainforests. Aside from fellow humans who'll agree, certain creatures think this region is quite epic too. Like these sea lions in a cave near Washington.
The Sea Lion Caves dotting the rugged Oregon coast in Florence aree a privately-owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary that's open year-round.
But something truly wild happens during the winter and spring months. Hundreds (if not thousands) of Stellar sea lions congregate inside the cave to breed, bark at each other or to just chill out!
The cave was formed 25 million years ago and was discovered by a fisherman in the 1800s. It's also America's largest sea cave as identified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Although this could be a sight right out of the Netflix series, Our World, for $14 per person, you can make the trip to see this surreal sight.
You'll have to take a short trail and then an elevator takes you down to the mossy cavern.
Be warned though, you'll probably smell and hear them first before you see them lazing around on rocks, living their best life.
If you don't find them inside, you'll definitely spot them sunbathing at the rookery by the ocean or on the rock ledges near the Heceta Lighthouse — another picturesque sight.
If underground adventures make you claustrophobic, no worries. You can still see this bucket-list sight from the sea lion lookout outside.
If you're a wildlife junkie this is your chance to spot several other animals including black bears, bald eagles, puffins, seabirds, and mountain lions that live around the grottos too.
If you're lucky, you'll probably be able to spot orcas, humpbacks, and gray whales sailing along the coast.
All in all, you'll get to see several of nature's creatures in their own habitats while making a road trip out of it.
Sea Lion Caves
Price: $14 per adult
Address: 91560 Hwy. 101 N., Florence, OR
Why You Need To Go: You can see hundreds of Stellar sea lions chilling out in America's largest sea cave!
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