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There are several experiences that are uniquely Cannon Beach and this list of story idea topics is designed for writers and editors. 

Cannon Beach is the iconic Oregon Coast experience

It’s more than one really famous rock that makes Cannon Beach the ultimate Oregon Coast experience. Located between two stunning state parks along miles of uninterrupted sandy beach with Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock at its center, Cannon Beach offers access to some of the Oregon Coast's most breathtaking viewpoints. It’s no wonder Cannon Beach was named one of The World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places by National Geographic. 

In Cannon Beach, wild beauty meets refined hospitality

Cannon Beach may be one of the smaller towns on the Oregon Coast, but it is in a class by itself for upscale hospitality options in the region. Luxurious oceanfront resorts overlook one of the world’s most spectacular natural areas, chef owned restaurants create celebration quality meals that showcase the bounty of the Northwest and chic shopping abounds in this town known as one of the top art towns in America. Creativity permeates the fabric of the community where you can taste local microbrews with gastropub quality meals, sample locally distilled spirits and browse a dozen galleries and artist studios.

Cannon Beach is the Northwest’s most romantic destination

It offers the perfect setting for a romantic stroll, a snuggle next to a beach fire or vantage point to watch the sunset into the Pacific. It’s not surprising that Cannon Beach was voted the best romantic getaway by readers of The Oregonian and that USA Today named Cannon Beach one of America’s 10 Most Romantic Coastal Destinations. Luxurious view lodgings and restaurants suited to an intimate candlelight dinner complete the picture of Cannon Beach as the ideal place for a romantic getaway or to celebrate a special occasion. 

Cannon Beach is just minutes from the North Oregon Coast’s best hiking trails

Tucked between two of the Oregon Coast’s best state parks for hikers, Cannon Beach makes a perfect base for hiking adventures. Trails lead to secluded beaches, venture through lush rainforests and climb through wildflower meadows to bird’s eye views. There are short, easy hikes for casual outings or extended treks including one of the most scenic 13-mile stretches of the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail.

Cannon Beach is one of the top art towns in America

Beach town shopping rises to a new level in Cannon Beach where art galleries thrive and fine arts and crafts are on display daily. Named one of The 100 Best Art Towns in America by author John Villani in his book by that name, Cannon Beach lives up to its art town reputation with an active gallery scene, public art, a successful community theater program and art festivals throughout the year.

Unparalleled wildlife encounters abound in Cannon Beach

On any visit to Cannon Beach, you might meet some of its colorful locals: Tufted Puffins, Roosevelt Elk, Bald Eagles or a wide variety of other wildlife and marine life. Haystack Rock and other rocky intertidal areas offer tide pools filled with interesting creatures, while beaches, woodlands and the Ecola Creek estuary make Cannon Beach a birdwatcher’s paradise. Nearby Ecola State Park is one of the state’s best whale watching viewpoints and its meadows are frequented by herds of elk. 

Cannon Beach offers exceptional experiences during the quiet seasons.

Many people think of the beach only as a summer destination, though some of the most authentic, exciting and surprising Oregon Coast experiences are found during the quieter seasons of the year in Cannon Beach. Uncrowded beaches, a roaring ocean with big crashing waves, encounters with wildlife and the best beachcombing of the year are the just the beginning. It’s also easier to find a table at a great restaurant, you’ll meet locals who have time to chat in a non-rushed setting and best of all, you’re likely to find a room at the lowest room rates of the year.

We hope you’ll consider these story ideas as you pitch travel editors or create content for your publication. Please contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce if you have questions or need additional resources.