Portland's favorite vacation playground, Cannon Beach is an increasingly upscale tourist town offering only marginal beachbreak and breathtaking sunsets as backdrop to the overdeveloped shoreline. Can get good mornings and evenings or on small, glassy days.
Majestic sea stacks along this stretch of coast include Haystack Rock, at 235ft (76m) the third tallest monolith in the world. Recent shark attack here. Plenty of free parking everywhere. Lots of slow summer traffic on the main drag.