Cannon Beach © Tobias Haase
Cannon Beach is Oregon's most famous and popular stretch of coastline among Portland tourists. The beach is dominated by Haystack Rock, a 235-foot (71m) steep formation that can be reached on foot when the tide is low. The first tourist on the beach was William Clark, during the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. The same nine miles (14.5km) of sandy beach, beautiful hiking trails, and tidal pools filled with sea life are there for new explorers to discover. A touristy beach town gives present day visitors quaint hotels, cottages and restaurants.
Cannon Beach hosts a number of popular events in the summer, including a sand-castle building competition in June. The town's Fourth of July celebrations are also festive, including a parade and military fly-over. Visiting the area during events requires forward planning however, as accommodation is generally booked far in advance.