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Ecola Rd, Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110 USA (800) 452-5687

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Film location for "Goonies", "Twilight" and "Point Break". The first recorded journey by a European to what is now Cannon Beach was made by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in early 1806. The expedition was wintering at Fort Clatsop, roughly 20 miles to the north near the mouth of the Columbia River. In December 1805, two members of the expedition returned to camp with blubber from a whale that had beached several miles south, near the mouth of Ecola Creek. Clark later explored the region himself. From a spot near the western cliffs of the headland he saw "...the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean..."

That viewpoint, later dubbed "Clark's Point of View," can be accessed by a hiking trail from Indian Beach in Ecola State Park. Cannon Beach is recognized by its well-known landmark, Haystack Rock, located to the southwest of downtown Cannon Beach, near Tolovana Park. This igneous rock has an elevation of 235 feet, and is often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline. The rock is also protected as a marine sanctuary, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and events are not allowed within 100 feet of either side of the rock.

Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water.

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Cannon Beach

Ecola Rd
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110 USA

(800) 452-5687

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Rated 5.0 October 1, 2014

One of the most iconic beaches on the Oregon Coast, Canon Beach is one of those places you feel is an essential visit whenever a friend comes into town. When the tide is out you can walk right up to a number of the boulders and watch the bald eagles hunting and flying around them. You can also explore the starfish filled rock pools at their base. Spectacular.

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Rated 4.0 September 26, 2014

Gorgeous and pretty typical west coast beach... in other words, it rains a lot so come prepared. If you love Goonies (and of course you do) you'll also want to snap some pics! On a sunny warm day it's also a great place for a picnic. But as Tatiana pointed out there aren't a lot of trash cans so clean up after yourself!

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Rated 4.0 August 31, 2014

Beautiful place to visit, even on a rainy day. Needs more trash receptacles however. The sand is incredibly soft. Free parking and the tide pools are so much fun to explore, and you might even find a starfish. I could easily spend all day relaxing here.

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Rated 5.0 August 16, 2014

Its just a rock! I love it.

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Rated 5.0 July 28, 2014

Easily the most beautiful beach on the Oregon coast! When the tide is low, there are plenty of tide pools you can explore and take pictures of. During low tide you can usually walk out to Haystack Rock (or pretty close to it).

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July 5, 2014

Cannon beach is beautiful! Must stop if driving the coast.

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Rated 5.0 June 6, 2014

Cannon beach is amazing. One of my favorite beaches I've ever been to. If your driving from Portland, be prepared for one epically beautiful drive. Definitely give this one a go!

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Rated 4.0 June 5, 2012

This is one of my favorite films of all time!!! :) 

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Rated 5.0 July 24, 2015

Beautiful at sunset!

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Rated 5.0 July 21, 2015

Beautiful!

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Rated 5.0 June 4, 2015

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HISTORY
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The second recorded journey by a European to what is now Cannon Beach was made by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in early 1806. The expedition was wintering at Fort Clatsop, roughly 20 miles (32 km) to the north near the mouth of the Columbia River. In December 1805, two members of the expedition returned to camp with blubber from a whale that had beached several miles south, near the mouth of Ecola Creek. Clark later explored the region himself.

From a spot near the western cliffs of the headland he saw "...the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean..." That viewpoint, later dubbed "Clark's Point of View," can be accessed by a hiking trail from Indian Beach in Ecola State Park.

Clark and several of his companions, including Sacagawea, completed a three-day journey on January 10, 1806, to the site of the beached whale. They encountered a group of Native Americans from the Tillamook tribe who were boiling blubber for storage. Clark and his party met with them and successfully bartered for 300 pounds (140 kg) of blubber and some whale oil before returning to Fort Clatsop.

There is wooden whale sculpture commemorating the encounter between Clark's group and the Tillamooks in a small park at the northern end of Hemlock Street.

In 1846, a cannon from the US Navy schooner Shark washed ashore just north of Arch Cape, a few miles south of the community. The schooner hit land while attempting to cross the Columbia Bar, also known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." The cannon, rediscovered in 1898, eventually inspired a name change for the growing community. In 1922, Elk Creek was redubbed Cannon Beach (after the name of the beach that extends south of Ecola Creek for 8 miles (13 km), ending at Arch Cape) at the insistence of the Post Office Department because the name was frequently confused with Eola. Elk Creek itself was renamed Ecola Creek to honor William Clark's original name.

The cannon is now housed in the city's museum and a replica of it can be seen alongside U.S. Highway 101. Two more cannons, also believed to have been from the Shark, were discovered on Arch Cape over the weekend of February 16, 2008.

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Rated 5.0 June 4, 2015

If you visit this place in the March, when sun is just getting hot, you can see how the steam above that wet part of the sand. Great place for photography, long walks and just relaxing. It feels like california for some reason however, it is much closer to to Washington State than Cali ;D

Make sure you have a camera on you when you visit Cannon Beach

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Annual cultural events
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The city hosts an annual sand castle-building contest in June.

The city also hosts an annual Fourth of July parade. Parades in recent years have featured a military flyover and a "Lawn Chair Brigade".

"Spring Unveiling" is an annual arts festival, held on the first Sunday in May, hosted by the city's galleries.

There is an annual late fall festival called the Stormy Weather Arts Festival, held in November, where artists from the Pacific Northwest showcase their artwork in the local galleries. Artwork is available for purchase in an auction held at the end of the event.

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