Cannon Beach Walks
Cannon Beach is a great walking destination. One of the best ways to see a new location is to explore it on foot, and we've gathered our favorite walking tours. Once you arrive and are parked, there are several rewarding walking tours to choose from to suit your interests and abilities. Our self guided walking tours are perfect for travelers that prefer to venture on their own.
Gallery Walking Tour
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To discover why Cannon Beach is known as one of America’s 100 Top Art Towns, it only takes a stroll around our compact village to understand why. Here’s a suggested walking route that will lead you to all our top galleries, works by nationally known artists, top emerging Northwest talent and even a working glass blowing studio.
Public Art Walking Tour
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Start your Cannon Beach public art walking tour at the corner of Spruce and 2nd Street in front of the public restrooms.THE WAVE, WHALE RIBS, WELCOME POLE, WHALE SCULPTURE, A DELICATE BALANCE, TUFTED PUFFINS, CONTACT. Two other pieces of public art are not on this walking tour, but are worth finding. Fisherman’s Dance is a collection of three modern carved wooden totems by Steve Jensen located on East Sunset Boulevard near Reservoir Road. In the northeast corner of the Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site Parking Lot is a stone and metal sculpture, Salmon Journey, by Native American artist Lillian Pitt and Aaron Loveitt.
Public Birdwatching Walking Tour
Highlighted by the return of the comical Tufted Puffin each spring, Cannon Beach offers an amazing array of birdwatching opportunities throughout the year. Try this walking route to check out some local birding hotspots.
Best Beach Walks in Cannon Beach
It’s right there in the name of our town, but Cannon Beach is so much more than just another stretch of sand. You can take in views of the appropriately named Bird Rocks of Chapman Point toward the north end of the beach, wander past iconic Haystack Rock and the Needles at the center of it all or take a jaunt past less crowded tidepools at Silver Point toward sphynx-like Lion Rock in the south, enjoying bird watching, tidepools and even a taste of history as you go.
Best of Cannon Beach on Foot
Once you arrive and are parked, there are several rewarding walking routes that connect our small downtown commercial area to midtown, home to some of the town’s largest hotels and popular restaurants. If you’ve ever struggled to drive and park on a busy summer day in Cannon Beach, you’ll appreciate these walking options that offer relaxing and scenic strolls. The downtown and midtown areas are only about a half-mile, or 10-minute walk apart, but these route options will encourage you to turn your walk into a leisurely stroll. With four different routes to choose from, you can also turn your walk into a loop offering different experiences in both directions.