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State Park
Ecola State Park , Cannon Beach
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Stretching 14 km (9 mi) along the Pacific, Ecola State Park features lush forests, open ocean views, wildlife, nature trails, and picnic spot
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Geologic Formation
Haystack Rock , Cannon Beach
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Rising 72 m (235 ft) above the Pacific shoreline, Haystack Rock serves as one of the Oregon Coast's most iconic monuments. You can reach the
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Beach
Cannon Beach , Cannon Beach
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The shoreline at Cannon Beach is one of Oregon’s most treasured landmarks, distinguished by its pristine sandy beaches and the monolithic Hay
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State Park
Hug Point State Park , Cannon Beach
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Explore the sandy beach and the headlands of Hug Point State Park and discover tide pools, hidden sea caves, and a small seasonal waterfall.
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State Park
Oswald West State Park , Cannon Beach
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Featuring walking trails, sandy beaches, pristine coves, creeks, and capes, Oswald West State Park offers numerous recreational opportunities
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Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,690 at the 2010 census.HistoryThe first recorded journey by an American to what is now Cannon Beach was made by William Clark, one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in early 1805. The expedition was wintering at Fort Clatsop, roughly 20mi 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 300lb of blubber and some whale oil before returning to Fort Clatsop. There is a wooden whale sculpture commemorating the encounter between Clark's group and the Tillamooks in a small park at the northern end of Hemlock Street. Take a look at our United States itinerary maker tool to refine the details of your trip to Cannon Beach.

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Explore the commercial and residential areas in the north of town for the greatest variety, including some family-owned guesthouses sitting alongside standard hotels and campgrounds. If you head a bit south, you'll find more upscale hotels and resorts overlooking a vast sandy beach. With great views and fine restaurants, these options run out of rooms quickly--reserve in advance.
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