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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach, well known for its popular art colony, is a delightful town of nooks and crannies, inviting paths, garden courtyards and laid-back, unobtrusive commercial enterprises, all of which seem to feature a decor of weathered cedar.

Cannon Beach is a magnet for artists, photographers and wildlife artists, and captivates visitors with its hometown ambiance and spectacular scenery. Located 80 miles northwest of Portland, the town supports a thriving artist community. Visitors from all over the world make the trek to this seaside town to enjoy its many attractions and seasonal activities.

A favorite Oregon Coast getaway destination, this scenic town offers a broad choice of dining opportunities and many choices for lodging including bed and breakfast accommodations, cabins, beach cottages, hotels and motels, vacation rental properties and campgrounds.

History is a large part of this town's identity, as its name suggests. Originally called Ecola, the town was renamed Cannon Beach following the sinking of the US survey schooner "The Shark" in 1846 and the discovery of the ship's cannon on the nearby shore. A plaque now commemorates the event.

On Clatsop Trail, hikers can relive another part of early history and trace the last steps of Lewis and Clark's westward expedition. Captain Clark's journal notes his first close-up encounter with a gray whale at what is now called "Whale Park."

Directly west of the town is the actual Cannon Beach, with its awe-inspiring rock monoliths and nine miles of sandy beaches. Noted as "one of the world's best beaches" by the Travel Channel, the coastline is home to the 235-ft. Haystack Rock, one of the largest monoliths of its kind in the world. Now considered a National Wildlife Refuge and Marine Garden, the rock is a breeding area for the tufted puffin and territory to a wide range of birds and sea life. It is also one of the most photographed natural sites in Oregon, a testament to the draw of Oregon's natural beauty.

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