Cannon Beach—Oregon’s coastal icon—was originally named for a cannon that was discovered on the beach in 1846. To reach your destination, you’ll travel through Astoria, passing stunning examples of Victorian architecture before crossing Young’s Bay Bridge. Sit back and marvel at the impressive views of Saddle Mountain—one of Oregon's highest peaks—and the Astoria-Megler Bridge. This is the world's longest continuous truss bridge. You'll travel through the Oregon Coastal Range—a natural wonderland of Sitka spruce, western red cedar, Douglas fir and hemlock trees. At Cannon Beach, you’ll discover an idyllic enclave that is home to photographers, artists and writers. You're free to explore on your own the town’s colorful courtyards and streets or shop for souvenirs. In addition to its pristine beaches and fresh sea air, Cannon Beach is also famous for the natural phenomenon known as Haystack Rock, which lies just south of the town. Composed of basalt, this 235 foot tall rock formation rises up out of the ocean and is the third-largest coastal monolith in the world. Protected as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Haystack Rock is home to puffins, seagulls and cormorants. From here, continue to Seaside—a charming coastal village at the end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. This charming resort town offers boutiques, art galleries, miles of beach and not a single parking meter! A guide from the Chamber of Commerce will introduce you to the town and its many wonderful charms; then, you have free time to stroll the boardwalk and buy some of Seaside's famous saltwater taffy, enjoy a cup of coffee (at your own expense), look for souvenirs or take a ride on the carousel in the heart of downtown.
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Customer Reviews for Seaside & Cannon Beach Shopping
Almost immediate disappointment in this excursion. It was a decent bus ride, but Seaside ends up being an hour long stop for local shopping. I make the 3 block walk down to the very cold and windy beach and snap off some pictures of the bleak and stormy horizon along with some slightly more cool blowing sand. A statue marks the place where Lewis and Clark ended their journey. As I head back lamenting my lack of understanding of the tour description, BAM! - a store with NASCAR stuff called the "The Old Crab / The Beach House". Inside is NASCAR and Earnhardt Nirvana as I see a stockpile unusual outside (or even at) a NASCAR race. This place is a gold mine! Next stop is a photo opportunity to see Haystack Rock. I understand that Puffins nest there. We don't get close. Next its off to Cannon Beach (called this because cannon washed ashore, attached to a wooden ship component of course). Another shopping opportunity with local craftsman and artisans. Rather than going anywhere near the shops, I walk back down the beach maybe 3/4 of a mile to get pictures of Haystack Rock from this new vantage point. The pictures wont be great because of the mist, and gray cloudy sky matching the grayish water, but I expect different colors as we head south so the contrast will be good.
Extremely knowledgable tour guide. She answered all questions and was very adept on the history of the area. Could have been allowed 45 minutes at Seaside and at least 1 1/2 hours at Cannon Beach. Too much to see with too little time. Otherwise, great pace and good pull off stops for photo ops. Well Done. Good value for the price.