Things to Do in Oregon: Cannon Beach

cannon-beachCannon Beach is what true Pacific Northwest beauty is all about! When my husband and I were planning our drive down to the Oregon Coast, Cannon Beach was at the top of our list of places to visit. Its most well known landmark is Haystack Rock (pictured below) and it’s one of the most picturesque beaches in the Pacific Northwest, in my opinion.

Quick Facts

cb5Cannon Beach is about a 7 or 8 hour drive from Vancouver, Canada. On this particular trip, we stayed in the nearby town of Astoria which is about a 30 minute drive to Cannon Beach. I love the town of Astoria because of how cute and quaint it is, definitely worth a visit! Also, it’s where the movies The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop were filmed!

We visited the Oregon Coast in April and despite how warm it may look in the pictures, it was cold! I recommend bringing a jacket year round because on the coast, you never know what the weather will bring.

Things to Do Around Cannon Beach

cb3The town of Cannon Beach is cute but small with only one street of shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for more of a big city, it’s only about 1.5 hours drive to downtown Portland. I’ll likely do a separate post about downtown Portland, however I feel like I can’t not mention this next place in this post. It’s that good.

If you are planning on venturing into Portland during your visit, a stop at Salt and Straw for ice cream is a must. The best photo-op along Cannon beach is of course, Haystack Rock! It’s equally gorgeous both during the day and in the evening as the sun is setting.

Cannon Beach at Sunset


Thank you for reading! What are your favourite beaches in the Pacific Northwest? Let me know in the comment section below! If you haven’t already, check out my Instagram and Follow my blog with Bloglovin for more of my travel photos and adventures!

See you in my next post! xo, Candice

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