Cannon Beach

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range, rests Cannon Beach. The city is famed for its forested headlands, towering monoliths and miles of pristine, sandy beaches.

Haystack Rock is a famous landmark. Other attractions readily reached from town include Ecola State Park, Indian and Crecent Beaches, the Bird Rocks and Silver Point. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is visible out to sea, amidst vistas of waves and seasonal populations of birds. Miles of beach, wooded areas, hiking trails, and parks offer plenty of healthy diversions in the great outdoors.

Attractive business districts provide shops, galleries and services. Community theater, art exhibitions and music events occur year-round.

The Pacific strand running along Cannon Beach’s 3 1/2 miles is a luminous stage, framed on the north end by the “Bird Rocks” and to the south by the monoliths of Silver Point. A walk along the beach is always a visual treat, with its vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings.

The delight of breezes pulling a kite aloft is a constant in Cannon Beach. Kite flying, playing games, picnics, bonfires: a day in the sand is well accommodated here. For those who wish to stroll and enjoy the sights, the shore along Cannon Beach provides a variety of environments to savor; from the gregarious crowds of summer at Ecola Creek to the quiet and meditative stretches towards Silver Point.

The beauty and serenity of the shores along Cannon Beach has not gone unnoticed. Featured in Stephen Leatherman’s book, America’s Best Beaches, the margin of sand bordering Cannon Beach was rated Best Overall Beach in the state of Oregon.  Author John Villani names Cannon Beach as one of America’s Best 100 Art Towns. National Geographic listed Cannon Beach as “one of the world’s 100 most beautiful places” in their June 2013 issue.


Featured activities

  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

    Off Hwy. 101, 2 miles north of Cannon Beach
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97141

    West of Tillamook Head, this lighthouse was constructed on top of a rock 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head in 1881. The construction of this particular lighthouse was thought to be incredibly risky, but its five workers beat the odds. Because this lighthouse was built on a rock, it is not accessible to the public. However, visitors can easily see it and a beautiful view of the surrounding ocean from Ecola State Park and Seaside. This lighthouse stands 133 feet above sea level with 62-foot-high tower on basalt rock islet. Exposure to storm waves led to the nickname "Terrible Tilly." It was replaced by a whistle buoy in 1957 and is the only privately owned Oregon coast lighthouse on the National Registry of Historic Places; now used as a columbarium, a storage place for ashes of the deceased.

  • Northwest by Northwest Gallery

    232 North Spruce
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503.436.0741

    Northwest By Northwest Gallery represents original art by regional masters. An appreciation of the heritage of technique and craft combined with a philosophy and vision of the real cultural value of original art have defined the gallery for a quarter of a century. Advocacy for the arts extends to the Cannon Beach community.Public sculpture artists represented by the gallery include; Wayne Chabre "A Delicate Balance", Steve Jensen "Fisherman's Dance", Alisa Looney "Contact" No. 1, Georgia Gerber "Tufted Puffins", Lillian Pitt "Salmon Journey". Georgia Gerber defines many NW Public Spaces with her expressive and distinct artistic vision; Seattle's Rachel the Pike Place Pig. Christopher Burkett fine art photography. Eric Jacobsen Plein Air Oil Painting. The Gallery has garnered attention from media sources such as Frommer's, Lonely Planet, Sunset Magazine, The Oregonian, Oregon Art Beat and the Travel Channel

Featured accommodations

  • Arch Cape Inn & Retreat

    31970 E. Ocean Lane
    Arch Cape, Oregon 97102
    503.436.2800

    Step out of your vehicle and into a world with beauty so dramatic it quiets the mind and stirs the heart. Arch Cape Inn & Retreat, an oasis of art, romance, nature and exquisite food and wine.

  • Cannon Beach Property Management

    3188 S Hemlock
    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    503.436.2021

    Cannon Beach Property Management offers a variety of exceptional vacation rentals and they have been providing their guests a "home away from home" on the scenic Oregon Coast since 1986. CBPM features spectacular oceanfront and ocean view homes, charming cottages close to the beach or convenient condominiums close to town. With a focus on creating an unforgettable guest experience, they provide all the extra touches to make a vacation perfect. Their homes are equipped with kid friendly beach buckets and coloring books, welcoming baskets for pet-friendly properties, the latest technology and internet access, dining and entertainment recommendations, maps for exploring, and best of all - they deliver the kind of personal service that gets them rave reviews.

Featured Events

  • 14th Annual Spring Unveiling Arts Festival

    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    Friday, May 2nd, 2014 - Sunday, May 4th, 2014

    The members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group invite you to play along the shores of Cannon Beach and in the varied and beautiful galleries of our town. Nestled between the wild ocean and the coastal mountains Cannon Beach offers art and craft ranging from the playful to the sublime. On May 2, 3 & 4, each gallery will spotlight new work by their chosen artists. Unveiling demos and receptions take place all weekend long, making this event an unparalleled experience for the art lover.

    For more information and a schedule of events, click here.

  • Cannon Beach Sand Castle Contest

    Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
    (503) 436-2623
    Saturday, Jun 21st, 2014

    Celebrating 50 years in Cannon Beach. Competitors dig and sculpt intricate sand art and everyone enjoys a day at the beach with beautiful Haystack Rock as the backdrop.

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