Cannon Beach Travel Guide

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Cannon Beach Things to Do

  • The Information Office / Chamber of...

    For the most part, you don't need a tourist information office in Cannon Beach. The community is laid out along a main street, and you can get to most things by walking. Simply exploring the town on foot will give you quite a lot of information about what is around town. However, if you do wish to get more information about what is going on around...

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  • The Beach and Beach Access

    Naturally, one of the draws here is the beach. After all the name is "Cannon Beach".For those who have not been to a beach in Oregon before: please be aware that the water is cold. Most people do not go into the water unless it is a blazing hot day (which doesn't normally happen on the Oregon coast).Those that do go into the water (usually surfers...

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  • Puffins and Other Birds on Haystack Rock

    During the summer months, the sea stacks off the Oregon coast become the nesting home of a number of birds that normally live far out to sea.This includes the tufted puffin, which as of this writing (2014) is down to the last nesting colony here on Haystack Rock. Formerly the largest group was on the three arch rocks, but that colony collapsed...

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  • Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

    Many small towns have a small museum describing the local history, and generally these are ignored by the tourists visiting the community since many tourists are really interested in recreational activities and sadly ignore the culture of the place they are visiting.However, if you want to take a close up look at the Cannons, or of a large scale...

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  • Haystack Rock

    Haystack Rock is a large sea stack just off the coast at Cannon Beach and probably one of the most iconic sites in Oregon. We visited Haystack Rock from Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, which allows free access to the beach and Haystack Rock, about a mile up the beach from the parking area. Several other smaller sea stacks near Haystack Rock...

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  • Ecola State Park

    Some of the most famous views of Oregon are just north of Cannon Beach in Ecola State Park. A number of places in the park were used in assorted films that used the Oregon Coast as a backdrop.NOTE: This state park is a fee park. It requires either a state parks annual pass or a $5 day use fee.There are hiking trails, a few viewpoints, and primitive...

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Cannon Beach Hotels

  • Ocean Lodge

    2864 S PACIFIC, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • The Ocean Lodge

    2864 South Pacific, Cannon Beach, OR, 97110

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Inn At Cannon Beach

    3215 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Cannon Beach Restaurants

  • The Hardware Store with a Restaurant

    Also known by the popular advertised name "The Screw and Brew", this restaurant is operated as part of the local hardware store. This may seem a rather odd combination, but there has long been a tradition of telling all your problems to the local bar tender.Would it not also be nice if that person happened to have a solution to some household...

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  • Comfortable with a Partial Bar

    Perhaps the most unique feature of Bill's is the live music, typically once a week on Thursdays. The restaurant / bar / tavern and brew house is split into two sections. When you walk in the front door the area to the right is the bar and strictly for the 21 and over crowd. To the left is the all-ages allowed area.Local craft beer is usually on tap...

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  • A View of Haystack Rock from the Table

    Perhaps the most unique feature of this restaurant is that it looks directly out at Haystack Rock. There are quite a few restaurants in Cannon Beach, but very few are this close to The Rock.However, it is only a rare few tables that get this view. Most of the restaurant does not have much of a view of anything, as the windows and seating is not...

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  • Something For Everyone @ Gower St....

    The Gower St. Bistro is located adjacent to the Cannon Beach Hotel. We have been here several times and have enjoyed many things on the menu. The service is very good and the ambiance charming and elegant. The dining room is rather small, so it is good to make reservations here in the summer months. We like to dine out on the small patio area when...

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  • Great Food With Views of Haystack Rock

    The Wayfarer is located at the Surfsand Resort in the gorgeous coastal town of Cannon Beach. The dining room is spacious and the best views of Haystack Rock can be seen from the tables in the back of the restaurant. It's worth the wait to request one of these tables.We have dined here a few times and it's always good. The Wild King Salmon Entree is...

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  • Fine Dining in Cannon Beach

    Newman's @ 988 is located in a small mustard-yellow colored cottage turned restaurant. Inside ambiance is very nice and elegant. The dining room is small but there are also a few tables set up outside for dining when the weather is nice.We have only dined here once but it was very good. John Newman is the ex-Executive Chef at Stephanie Inn, a...

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Cannon Beach Transportation

  • To and Inside Cannon Beach by Public...

    Cannon Beach is a small community on the Oregon Coast, but at the same time it is also reasonably well connected by various public transit services, as well as an internal shuttle service which operates seasonally. Not all bus stops in Cannon Beach have bus shelters, but a good portion of them do.First, the local shuttle:Operating seasonally,...

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  • Bike Rental in Cannon Beach

    Nobody offers car rental in Cannon Beach. The closest places that do are in Astoria - quite some distance to the north. However, for visiting Cannon Beach itself a car really isn't necessary. There is the occasional shuttle and bus.There are bike rentals available. I have never used either of these services and simply got around by walking, but for...

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  • Pedaling on the Beach

    Though I've never actually ridden on these "funcycles" (recumbent tricycles) I've often seen them on the beach and people look like they are having fun.I wasn't sure where people rented them even, but I looked on line and found at least one place: Mike's Bike Shop. The prices seem pretty expensive, but then people on vacation are often ready to...

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Cannon Beach Shopping

  • Town grocery store

    This grocery store isn't huge, but the biggest in town and matches Cannon Beach's overall rustic look. I purchase cheese, smoked salmon and bread to snack on in my motel room.It has a lot of stuff that is suitable for picnics and visitors without cooking facilities, including a deli, large selection of mostly Oregon wines, etc., but also carries...

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  • Arts and Crafts in Cannon Beach

    Surprisingly, the little town of Cannon Beach has bunches of stores and boutiques - too many for some. It's definitely become a touristy little place, but I didn't mind. It seems to be made for strolling up and down the many shops. Mostly they're artsy places, with a wide range of prices and offerings. I found one of my favorite pieces of...

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  • Cannon Beach Hotels

    18 Hotels in Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach Local Customs

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    by GuthrieColin Written Sep 17, 2008

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    Cannon Beach has only 1,600 permanent residents according to a recent census. It does, however, see around 750,000 visitors per year. Of those visitors many only stay for a few days to relax and enjoy the scenery. I suspect that many of them also stay at beach houses.
    When you walk the beach you will see many of the houses are very quaint and inviting. You may even think that this place would be a great place to have a vacation home. When you get into town you will find many real estate magazines and possibilities for time shares. It is truly a town for leisure.

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Cannon Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking Laws are in fact Enforced Here

    I'm not quite sure why certain people think that small towns will let such things as parking in a cross walk go unnoticed - especially in a tourist town where a number of people have to get from one place to another by walking once they have found a place to park.However, just be warned that, as seen in this photo, if you so decide to be creative...

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  • Weather

    Among other things, Cannon Beach is known for not having the best weather. If you do happen to get a clear day at Cannon Beach, count yourself lucky. The area averages around 90 inches of rain per year and is cloudy almost all of the time. Add that with the constant wind and you better remember to bring a warm sweatshirt or jacket.

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  • Tsunami

    Much of Cannon Beach is located within a tsunami hazard zone. As we have recently seen, it can and does happen.

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Cannon Beach What to Pack

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    by ZanieOR Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: I travel to the coast in a car, so usually take more than I need, bringing along an extra duffel bag to contain the sand.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I usually bring both water shoes and winter boots that work well if it's cold to hike on the beach (the water is cold!).

    I always bring shorts or loose pants easy to roll up, as well as a jacket and warm hat even in the summer; you just never know.

    Also lots of pairs of sox and -- for lack of sand remover -- a plastic bag or two to segregate your wet, sandy sox and other pieces of apparel.
    If you bring kids, bring lots of changes of clothes.
    Even if you don't intend on getting wet, those waves walking along the ocean can be sneaky.

    Photo Equipment: Anyone who visits Cannon Beach should have a good binoculars and a good camera.

    Miscellaneous: For fun, I bring a kite to fly and a bucket and shovel to dig in the sand if I feel like it. Of course if you have kids bring more kites and more shovels, enough for everyone.

    Bring LOTS of clothes for the kids!
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Cannon Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Cannon Beach Skate Park

    Beaches aren't so great for those that skate, but for those that do Cannon Beach has a small skate park. I can't tell you how good it actually is, but on most days you can usually find a fair number of people practicing their moves on the structures here.The skate park is located directly east of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce building, at N...

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  • Haystack Hill Park: Not Much Here

    If you look at a map of Cannon Beach, just south of the area known as Midtown there is a large park labelled Haystack Hill State Park.The reality is that there isn't much here. There is a dead end trail that wanders up the hill into the forest, and while there are many impressive trees here there is no impressive viewpoint of very much at all.If...

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  • Lagoon Loop Trail

    While the basic description may not sound too pleasant, this trail isn't quite as bad as a basic description of it may lead you to believe. It is a loop, mostly gravel, that runs a complete circle around and through the marshland slightly east of the middle of town, with an extension that runs a few blocks south through a somewhat preserved...

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Cannon Beach Sports & Outdoors

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    by ZanieOR Written Jan 16, 2005

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    The last time I was in Cannon Beach walking along the ocean in October I saw a speck way off in the middle of the waves, and with my binoculars finally saw that it was a surfer. I kept watching -- and losing him -- in the waves, trying to get a decent photo, and then another surfer walked through the waves to join him.
    I always think of surfing as being a tropical, even though I guess I knew some crazy people braved cold, frigid, icy Oregon waves.

    Equipment: A wet suit is 100 percent necessary -- thermal if possible. That ocean is coooold!
    A surf board.
    And whatever else surfers need.

    I did notice a surf shop in town, but didn't look inside, so I don't know if they rent surfing equipment or not.

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Cannon Beach Favorites

  • Chamber Information Center

    A general tip (though not my favorite thing) is to visit the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce information center.There you will find free brochures, a whole magazine about Cannon Beach, souvenirs, post cards and someone to answer questions about Cannon Beach.The information center is sited in a very attractive building -- in line with the rest of...

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  • Haystack Rock

    Cannon Beach is best known for Haystack Rock, a rocky monolith jutting out of the water that's been designated as a marine and bird sanctuary. Puffins nest here in the summertime. It's a nice place to walk along the beach and commune with nature. The inter-tidal zone (area of the beach between high tide and low tide) is full of small limpets,...

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  • Trails along the Coast

    Besides walking right on the beach, there are a number of trails right outside of town that wander along forested cliffs by the ocean and give you some good lookouts up and down the coast. Much of the year mists and fog banks roll in and out from the Pacific. Ecola State Park is a good place to start. Ecola means whale in the Native American...

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