Cannon beach was discovered in the early 1800s by William Clarke, as part of the Lewis and Clarke expedition to the West Coast, and settled shortly after.
The beach quickly because famous for its iconic Haystack Rocks which marked it out as one of the most unusual beaches on the West Coast. In 1846, a cannon from the US Navy schooner Shark washed ashore just north of Arch Cape, a few miles to the south of the community. The schooner hit land while attempting to cross the Columbia Bar, also known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific." The cannon, rediscovered in 1898, eventually inspired a name change for the growing community.
The town is now named as one of the top 100 art towns in Northern America, and is home to a plethora of pretty Victorian cottages turned art galleries, museums and an ideal hiking destination.
Suggested itinerary featuring Cannon Beach
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Places near Cannon Beach
- Portland 67 miles away
- Newport, Oregon 87 miles away
- Mount St. Helens 88 miles away
- Quinault 110 miles away
- Mount Rainier National Park 129 miles away
- Seattle 142 miles away
- Lake Crescent 151 miles away
- Port Angeles 157 miles away
- Bend (Sisters) 162 miles away
- Oregon 216 miles away
- Washington State 218 miles away
- Crater Lake National Park 226 miles away
- Crescent City 286 miles away
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