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Cannon Beach Oregon Attractions

Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site
A shady spot, just off of the highway and a few feet from the sandy ocean beach. Take a lunch break on your way north or south on Highway 101. Kick off your shoes and leave them in the car ... you’ll want to feel the sand between your toes and the waves lapping at your ankles.

Coaster Theater Playhouse
108 N Hemlock, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, phone: (503) 436-1242
The Coaster Theatre Playhouse is one of the finest theatres in the Northwest. It has moved and entertained audiences with the charm and challenge of stage plays, concerts and art shows.  Located in downtown Cannon Beach at 108 N. Hemlock, this rustic building constructed in the early 20s and which once housed a roller skating rink and showed silent movies is a quaint intimate theatre which provides a variety of year-round entertainment for the entire family.

Ecola State Park
One of Ecola State Park’s first attractions was a beached whale. In 1806, Capt. William Clark and twelve members of the Corps of Discovery climbed over rocky headlands and fought their way through thick shrubs and trees to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park. Today, a paved road from Cannon Beach makes your trek to the park much easier. Winding your way through towering Sitka spruce, you suddenly emerge upon a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to have your camera ready.

Hug Point State Recreation Site
Just south of Cannon Beach, this little wayside gives you easy access to the beach and a peek at some interesting history. Imagine travelling by stagecoach along the beach (before the highway was built, the beach was the only way to go). North of the parking area you can still walk along the original trail carved into the point by the stagecoaches. The wayside was named after this trail because it hugs the point. Looking further north, Haystack Rock—one of the most identifiable landmarks along the coastline—is easily visible.

Oswald West State Park
Step out of your vehicle and into a place with natural beauty that truly inspires. Just a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
"An intriguing and powerful testament of the will and determination of the human spirit, the story of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse began in 1879. Originally, it was hoped that a lighthouse could be built at Tillamook Head, a 1,000 foot high headland 20 miles south of the Columbia River. However, with its high elevation, fog often shrouded the top and its shear face offered no acceptable alternative.  In June 1879, a lighthouse engineer boated out to the rock to determine if a lighthouse there would be feasible. Though there were monstrous seas, and a landing was impossible, the engineer decided the rock could be conquered." Friends of the Lighthouses

Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site
After a long day of shopping in Cannon Beach’s boutiques, head for the heart of the city: Tolovana Wayside. Just a few steps down from the parking lot, you’re on the beach with a spectacular view of Haystack Rock. A short walk down this lovely beach and you’ll be at the rock’s base. An amazing natural formation, many visitors feel the need for a closer look (but please don’t climb!). Enjoy the beauty of the formation, tidepools around the base and abundance of wildlife -- the area is a wildlife refuge.

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