Best places to take photos in Cannon Beach

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Whether you’re only visiting the coast for a few hours or you’re on vacation for a full week, you’ll want to check out a couple of these Instagram-worthy spots:

Whale Park, Cannon Beach. Located at the northern end of Hemlock in downtown Cannon Beach, this spot commemorates where in 1806 Captain Clark (of Lewis & Clark lore) found an enormous whale skeleton measuring (according to the good Cap’n) 105 feet in length. Stop by here one evening for a summer sunset and catch the whale sculpture (not 105 feet) in the foreground of your soon-to-be-famous pic.

Castle Rock, Arch Cape. Just a short walk south down the beach from The Inn at Arch Cape, Castle Rock is a massive basalt rock formation that sits about a hundred yards off shore. Resembling a castle turret, mighty Castle Rock is a favorite spot for sunset pics all year ‘round.

Neahkahnie Viewpoint. With magnificent views of the coastline, high above Manzanita, the Neahkahnie viewpoint from Hwy 101 is one of those must-see spots on the coast ever since it opened in the early 1940s. While you’re there, keep an eye out for whales!

Nehalem Bay, Wheeler. Continuing south down Hwy 101 past Manzanita, you’ll cross the Nehalem River before arriving in tiny Wheeler, a west-facing village of about 400. Once a thriving logging and fishing town, it’s positioned on the Nehalem River where it empties into the Nehalem Bay. Add this to your growing list of “Places to Visit” on the coast.

Ecola State Park, north of Cannon Beach. If you’re in Cannon Beach, it’s a quick mile-and-a-half drive through a glorious old-growth forest to the 1000-acre Ecola State Park, where the views are among the best on the coast. After hiking some of the trails, be sure to also spend some time at Indian Beach in Ecola, too.

If you’re looking for a recommendation about things to see and do around Cannon Beach and Manzanita, please give us a call here at The Inn at Arch Cape: (503) 436-2082. We’re happy to give you a couple of suggestions.