Cannon Beach

Ecola Rd, Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110 USA

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Cannon Beach

Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach

Portland
9 hours
From $100
Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Mon 12a-12a
  • Independent

“The Goonies filming location”

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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Reviewed by
Joshua Smibert

  • Road Warrior
  • 125 Reviews
  • 173 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

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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Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

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September 26, 2014
Rated 4.0

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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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

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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Reviewed by
Wdelossantos

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  • 0 Helpful
August 16, 2014
Rated 5.0

Its just a rock! I love it.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Derek Neuland

  • Photographer
  • 297 Reviews
  • 128 Helpful
July 28, 2014
Rated 5.0

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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Reviewed by
Navjabal

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 05, 2014

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

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Reviewed by
Todd Mowbray

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  • 142 Helpful
June 06, 2014
Rated 5.0

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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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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June 05, 2012
Rated 4.0

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

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Reviewed by
chloeethan

  • 17 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 01, 2017
Rated 5.0

We stopped for a picnic and some pics; kids had s great time sword playing. Day was overcast but sun came out after all. There were no facilities, not much parking to speak of; we ended up at end of narrow road and walk to beach was not far. Fine sanded beach w few rocks (other than the iconic rocks great4 pics).

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Reviewed by
NoraCalugas

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Famous for spectacular views, natural rock formations, great photo ops

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Cannon Beach

Ecola Rd
Cannon Beach, Oregon
97110 USA

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