Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach, OR, USA

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Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach, OR, USA

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Cannon Beach and its natural wonders

When the explorer William Clark came across Cannon Beach in 1805, he proclaimed it to be the "most grandest and pleasing prospect" he'd ever seen. While the Pacific Northwest doesn't lack for natural beauty, there are few places as awe-inspiring as Cannon Beach. Its verdant hills roll down to a rugged shore, where the powerful waves of the Pacific continue to shape towering rock formations that have captivated visitors for centuries. See such natural wonders for yourself, and book a Cannon Beach vacation rental to be close to its many physical attractions and its vibrant seaside village.

The biggest haystack you'll ever see!

Of all Cannon Beach’s many impressive rock formations, there’s none more so than Haystack Rock. This enormous 235-foot sea stack can be reached at low tide, and is a popular picnic spot in summer. The beach is also popular with watersports enthusiasts, particularly surfers. Overlooking the shore, you'll find lush meadows rich in wildlife, so be sure to keep an eye out for grazing elk and deer, and eagles soaring overhead. And if it’s sealife you're after, head north to nearby Ecola State Park and see if you can glimpse some gray whales.

Following in Lewis and Clark's steps in Cannon Beach

It's a pretty nice spot to call home; just ask the locals. Or better yet, take a wander down to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Set in a quaint clapboard cottage, the museum traces the history of the town and the beach since it was first founded in the 19th-Century. And why not go one step further, and follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, and hike along the Tillamook Head Trail, where you can traverse the same route the intrepid explorers took on their mammoth expedition, more than 200 years ago.

Cannon Beach-When to leave the umbrella behind

It wouldn't be the Pacific Northwest without a few showers here and there. Fortunately, Cannon Beach has a Mediterranean climate. So while it's cold and rainy in winters, it's warm and dry in summer. Temperatures can even get up into the high 70s in July and August, although when winter comes it gets darn chilly, especially in January. Like the rest of the Oregon coast, the area experiences frequent rainfall. It can get very wet from November through to January, so if you want to avoid the showers book your Cannon Beach vacation rental in the dry summer months.

Have a whale of a time in Ecola State Park

Incredible natural beauty is never far from your Cannon Beach vacation rental, and it's what draws so many to this part of Oregon. One of the best places to experience such breathtaking scenery is Ecola State Park, just north of Cannon Beach. Perched on Tillamook Head, the park's trails wind through lush spruce forest and emerge at a breathtaking coastal vista that overlooks Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Rich in wildlife, visitors to Ecola State Park have the chance to spot bald eagles, brown pelicans and gray whales, among other species.