DescriptionCannon Beach was named for the cannon that washed ashore from the USS Shark, a schooner that shipwrecked in 1846. The coastline includes the world's third largest off-shore intertidal monolith, Haystack Rock. Towering at 235 feet over the beach, the rock is home to nesting seabirds, including puffins and cormorants as well as a rich tidal pool teeming with such invertebrates as crabs and sea stars.
Within sight of Haystack Rock, the town holds one of the largest sandcastle contests on the West Coast. Cannon Beach's Sandcastle Day takes place in mid-June when sculptors go to work in the morning only to have their creations swallowed by the surf by mid-afternoon.
The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum , 1387 S. Spruce St., offers displays detailing the history of Cannon Beach and the surrounding area. Other exhibits examine early mail delivery procedures, the blackout of Cannon Beach during World War II for fear of invasion, and the 1964 tsunami caused by the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska; phone (503) 436-9301.
Visitor InfoCannon Beach Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce 207 N. Spruce St. CANNON BEACH, OR 97110. Phone:(503)436-2623
ShoppingHemlock Street has a variety of specialty shops featuring glass blowing, clothing, arts and crafts.
Things to SeeEcola State Park