Cannon Beach has once again been recognized for its natural beauty, this time earning a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “The 28 Most Beautiful Towns in America.” Oregon is frequently celebrated for its long history of being a coastal art town with exceptional food and scenery. Cannon Beach’s inclusion on this prestigious list highlights its charm and appeal.

Pink Whispy Clouds in Cannon BeachCondé Nast Traveler’s list features a variety of destinations, from coastal cities to southern gems, all deemed worth a visit. Cannon Beach stands out among its peers on the north Oregon coast. It is known for its scenic sandy beach, the iconic Haystack Rock, the annual Sandcastle Contest, delicious fish and chips, and highly rated beach resorts like the Stephanie Inn.

The Condé Nast Traveler article states, “While most travelers flock to New York and Los Angeles, the most beautiful small towns in America offer an entirely different —and, dare we say, better? — a glimpse at what this country has to offer. You’ll find tiny enclaves filled with friendly locals, walkable downtown areas lined with mom-and-pop cafes, quaint boutique hotels, and incredible views of some of the best landscapes in the U.S.”

Ecola Creek flows past oceanfront hotels towards Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean.The entry for Cannon Beach describes it as follows: “Drive about 80 miles northwest of Portland, and you’ll wind up on one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the country: Cannon Beach. The eponymous village on the shore was officially incorporated in 1957, and it’s popular today for its cute chocolate shops, art galleries, microbreweries, and cozy vacation rentals. It’s perhaps best known for Haystack Rock, a 235-foot monolith protruding out of the water—enjoy the views from nearby Ecola State Park or the guest rooms at Stephanie Inn” (Condé Nast Traveler).

View Point from Ecola State ParkThis recognition not only underscores Cannon Beach's inherent beauty but also highlights the vibrant community and unique experiences that make the town a must-visit destination. The town's continued appeal is a testament to the efforts of residents and visitors alike who care for the environment, respect wildlife, and practice good stewardship to keep Cannon Beach and the North Coast a vibrant place to visit for future generations. These collective efforts help preserve the natural beauty and charm that make Cannon Beach such an amazing place.