Cannon Beach, Oregon: An Unofficial Guide to Your Next Visit

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Haystack Rock (Photo by Danielle Denham / thePDXphotographer)

Last updated on March 14th, 2022 at 05:59 pm

Gorgeous Cannon Beach, Oregon has always been one of my favorite places to visit in Oregon. The beach was named after a naval cannon that washed up after a shipwreck way back in the 1840’s, and is a pretty famous place in the world. Not only was one of my favorite childhood classic movies The Goonies filmed here, but to no surprise, it was also listed in 2013 as one of the 21 Best Beaches In The World by National Geographic.

Probably one of the most photographed places on the Oregon Coast is the iconic Haystack Rock, and this eye candy alone is enough reason to make the trip here.

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Haystack Rock (Photo by Danielle Denham / thePDXphotographer)

Cannon Beach Oregon Travel Guide


This 235-foot sea stack has taken the prize for one of the tallest intertidal sea stacks in the world. When the tide is low enough, you can walk right up to the base. Between October and May, the pace of coastal tourism decreases dramatically, and it’s one of the best times to visit for wildlife lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and for anyone just looking to get away for the weekend to enjoy some small-town charm.

Where is Cannon Beach?

You will find Cannon Beach in Oregon just 90 minutes west of Portland and around four hours southwest of Seattle, Washington. The town itself is a part of Clatsop County, just four miles south of the US-26 junction along Pacific Coast Highway. (US-101)

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Surfing is popular in Cannon Beach, Oregon (Photo by Alex B / Flickr)


Things to Do at Cannon Beach

There are plenty of festivals at Cannon Beach — the sandcastle building contest, the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, and the glorious Fourth Of July parade are just a few.

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Coastal Theater Playhouse


Cannon Beach Arts Association

CBAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Cannon Beach that supports artists and the arts in the north coast region through exhibits, events, and education. Part of their vision is a community where people are supported to create, learn about, and show art to a diverse community of people including full-time, seasonal, and tourist communities. CBAA’s programs include art exhibits, a retail art gallery, a summer art camp program, art workshops and demonstrations, a music festival, scholarships, and artist grants. Enjoy receptions, performances, or art classes at their location on S. Hemlock Street.

1064 S. Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110


Small town charm in Cannon Beach

The small town of Cannon Beach has strict regulations in place, limiting the infiltration of large chain stores or restaurants, allowing it to retain its small-town charm.

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Small Town Charm in Cannon Beach, Oregon (Photo by Marie / Flickr)


Awesome shops

Looking to do some shopping while visiting the coast?


RELATED: Stephanie Inn, One of the Most Luxurious Hotels in the Country

Indian Beach

Just north of the town of Cannon Beach, Indian Beach, Ecola Park is worth a visit too.

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When you’re done enjoying the delicious food and browsing the local art galleries and boutiques in town, you’ll definitely want to check out all the amazing places to explore in the area. There’s so much beauty here in the lush green hills that the experience on the trails is sure to give you and your friends or loved ones an unforgettable experience.


Where to Stay in Cannon Beach

One of The Most Grand Hotels In The Country

This beautiful oceanfront hotel in Cannon Beach is known as the Stephanie Inn and recently was named the 5th best hotel in the United States by Trip Advisor. From the minute walk into the lobby, you will see this gorgeous hotel is absolutely jaw-dropping.

You’ll surely not want to miss this secluded paradise near Cannon Beach. Hit the link here to learn more. Let us know in the comments about your trip to the Oregon Coast!

Before You Go

Is Cannon Beach dog friendly?

Dogs are allowed on the beach, as long as they are on a leash or under voice control of the owner. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the dog is physically controlled.
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Cannon beach (Photo by Danielle Denham / thePDXphotographer)


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