Top Ten Weekends on the Water
|Needle and Haystack rock formation at Cannon Beach (Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Getty)|
10. Cannon Beach, Oregon
A 90-minute drive from Portland, Oregon, Cannon Beach is a picturesque beach community reminiscent of Cape Cod, with cedar-shingle buildings, picket fences, and quiet gravel streets. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon Coast Range, Cannon Beach was once a quaint artists' community that has recently gained popularity. But who can blame the tourists? With nine miles of pleasant beaches, it's a great place to enjoy the beautiful Oregon coast or explore tide pools and nearby trails. The shore's stars are the dazzling sea stacks, vertical rock formations that jut out from the water just off the coast. Haystack Rock is the world's third largest coastal monolith and stands 235 feet tall. It shadows a teeming aquatic ecosystem called a marine garden, where starfish, anemones, crabs, algae, and many other species dwell. Just inland, Ecola State Park is full of conifer forests and great spots for hiking and picnicking. Climb up Ecola Point for a breathtaking panoramic view. When you're done soaking up the unique landscape, go shopping! Cannon Beach is filled with art galleries and unique book and craft stores. Despite all of the development, the town still retains a wonderfully rustic quality.
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