Cannon Beach, Oregon

In December of 1805, explorer William Clark ventured out of the warmth of Fort Clatsop and traversed past Ecola Creek, coming upon a mysterious area unlike anything the American world had ever seen. Regarding the area now home to nearly 2,000 citizens, William Clark dubbed it, “The grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless Ocean!”

Presently, that exact viewpoint can be accessed by a hiking trail that begins nearby at Indian Beach at Ecola State Park. Nicknamed “Clark’s Point of View,” the hidden gem is just one of the many surrounding wonders that the city of Cannon Beach has to offer.

However, one does not need to look out of the city to enjoy the gifts of nature. Indeed, there is a treasure within its boundaries as well. Towering 235 feet out of the water and cloaked in mist, Haystack Rock commands a state of awe from nearly every angle of Cannon Beach.

Previously, the community was just another uninhabited facet that made up the  “Graveyard of the Pacific.” It’s magnificent rock formations doubled as deadly nightmares for passing ships. In 1846, a lone cannon from a U.S. Navy schooner was found ashore the area. The cannon had washed up just a few miles from the meager civilization that settled there. Missing for over 50 years, the cannon one day reemerged from the sands, thus serving as the community’s namesake for settlers and travelers alike.

Today, the famous cannon of Cannon Beach can be seen in the city’s museum alongside two additional cannon guns believed to be from the same ship.

Cannon Beach is an experience all its own. Beautiful homes line the amazing coastline, and unique dining and shopping experiences abound.  One of the “most photographed” stretches of the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach is one place you will not want to miss.

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