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Introducing Cannon Beach

Charming Cannon Beach is one of the most popular beach resorts on the Oregon coast. Several premier hotels here cater to a fancier clientele, as do the town's many boutiques and art galleries. In summer the streets are ablaze with flowers. Unlike Seaside's Coney Island–like atmosphere, Cannon Beach is toned down and much more refined. Lodging is expensive, and the streets are jammed: on a sunny Saturday, you'll spend a good chunk of time just finding a parking spot.

Just offshore is another reason for the town's popularity. Glorious Haystack Rock is a magnet for beachgoers – providing great photo opportunities and tide-pooling possibilities – and the wide sandy beach stretches for miles.