Oregon Coast Highway 101: Cannon Beach


One of the more popular destinations on Oregon Coast Highway 101 is the town of Cannon Beach. Located 1.5 hours northwest of Portland on US-26, we journeyed to the quaint seaside destination for an overnight getaway in late December.

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach was made famous by the movie Goonies in 1985; opening and closing scenes helped to make the 235-foot tall Haystack Rock one of the most recognized sea stacks on the Oregon Coast.

Pelican Brewing Tide Clock

Tide Clock at Pelican Brewing

If you visit Cannon Beach in the winter, expect overcast skies and a mix of rain and fox. Dress in layers and plan to seek out fresh clam chowder and craft beer. If you frequent the Pelican Brewing, check the status of the tide on the largest tide clock on the Western seaboard.

Shopping Cannon Beach

Shopping District Cannon Beach

Options for exploring the region include the beach (expect parking to be limited in the summer months) and the downtown shopping district. We found a park with a playground, tennis courts, and skate park  near Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at the intersection of North Spruce St. and East Second St.

View From Ecola State Park

View From Ecola State Park

Just north of downtown, make sure to drive up to Ecola State Park for a variety of hiking trails complete with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline.

Inn at Cannon Beach

Inn at Cannon Beach

For lodging, we booked a pet friendly room at the Inn at Cannon Beach. Highlights of our stay included borrowing the movie Goonies from the front desk and a complimentary breakfast the next morning. For a convenient meal, the Warren House Pub is within walking distance and features a family-friendly pub menu.

Happy trails!

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About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.