Once upon a time, William Clark—of the daring duo Lewis and Clark—looked out from a stretch of today’s Oregon coast and called it “the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless ocean.” Clark was describing the scene from Cannon Beach, Oregon, during the early 19th century.
Today, this slice of Oregon’s northern coast is lined with seashell-sprinkled beaches, small-town shops, fine dining, and welcoming Cannon Beach hotels. We’d say that’s more than “pleasing”—it’s downright charming. Follow the ocean breeze and find out for yourself.
When you roll up to the stately silhouette of Haystack Rock, you’ll know you’ve reached the Pacific Northwest’s peaceful playground. Pick up one of our getaway-ready rental cars near Cannon Beach to make that moment even more postcard-perfect. Speaking of postcards, you can still find travelers and locals alike tucked into a cafe booth on historic Hemlock Street, writing “Wish you were here” on the back of photos of Hug Point.
To capture your own blissful views of the Pacific, follow Ecola State Park Road north until you reach the start of Cannon Beach Trail. You’ll skirt 7 miles of secluded sand and starfish before sighting the Tillamook Rock Light, a beacon for weary sailors since 1881. When you’re feeling a bit tossed by the salty sea air, dip into some comfort food—think hot chowder and locally distilled spirits—on Hemlock Street. Then rest up for some sandcastle construction in one of the beautiful hotels near Cannon Beach. They take sandcastles very seriously in this city.
When it’s time to plan your adventure in the “Beaver State,” rest assured that Travelocity has been busy selecting the top hotels in Cannon Beach. While you’re here, book Portland hotels to add a little weird to your wandering.