Seaside & Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach—Oregon’s coastal icon—was originally named for a cannon that was discovered on the beach in 1846. To reach your destination, you’ll travel through Astoria, passing stunning examples of Victorian architecture before crossing Young’s Bay Bridge. Sit back and marvel at the impressive views of Saddle Mountain—one of Oregon's highest peaks—and the Astoria-Megler Bridge. This is the world's longest continuous truss bridge.
You'll travel through the Oregon Coastal Range—a natural wonderland of Sitka spruce, western red cedar, Douglas fir and hemlock trees.
At Cannon Beach, you’ll discover an idyllic enclave that is home to photographers, artists and writers. You're free to explore on your own the town’s colorful courtyards and streets or shop for souvenirs. In addition to its pristine beaches and fresh sea air, Cannon Beach is also famous for the natural phenomenon known as Haystack Rock, which lies just south of the town. Composed of basalt, this 235 foot tall rock formation rises up out of the ocean and is the third-largest coastal monolith in the world. Protected as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Haystack Rock is home to puffins, seagulls and cormorants.
Continue to Seaside—a charming coastal village at the end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. This charming resort town offers boutiques, art galleries, miles of beach and not a single parking meter! A guide from the Chamber of Commerce will introduce you to the town and its many wonderful charms; then, you have free time to stroll the boardwalk and buy some of Seaside's famous saltwater taffy, enjoy a cup of coffee (at your own expense), look for souvenirs or take a ride on the carousel in the heart of downtown.