SENIORS DRIVE ALONG THE OREGON COAST



Seniors Enjoy Beautiful Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach, with its population of around 1,700, is home to the Oregon coast’s iconic Haystack Rock. Senior travelers will find this well-known rock landmark southwest of downtown Cannon Beach, near Tolovana Park.

It’s an igneous rock outcrop with an elevation of 235 feet (72 m) and is often accessible at low tide, especially in the summertime. There is a small cave system that penetrates the rock and can be seen from the coastline.

The attractions in Cannon Beach draw senior visitors to this popular and picturesque resort area. The  four mile long beach, the Icefire Glassworks, the Coaster City Playhouse, and the Cannon Center and Museum all play host to more than 750,000 visitors annually.

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Seniors Find One of the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Places’

As you might well guess, there just has to be a lighthouse near Cannon Beach and the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse fits the bill. Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day and Festival is a fun time and a great time to see some well sculpted and unique formations on the beach. Four parks can be found within the city limits.

Cannon Beach was named as one of “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” by author John Villani and “One of the World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” according to National Geographic, June 2013 issue.

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The Oregon Coast Visitors Association notes that a “walk along the beach is a visual treat, with ever-changing vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings.”

Haystack Rock is a protected Marine Garden and a National Wildlife Refuge” where senior visitors will discover colorful tide pools and nesting seabirds including Tufted Puffins.

Senior Visitors Enjoy a ‘Winter Beach Paradise’

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Cannon Beach was ranked number seven of the “World’s Best Beaches” by the Travel Channel. This vacation destination has a little bit of everything, along with a whole lot of beautiful Pacific Ocean waves. It’s called a Winter Beach Paradise… away from all the action during summer months.

Senior visitors will find over a dozen art galleries as well as fine restaurants, boutique shops and some super oceanfront lodging.

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The Hug Point Recreation Site, a great hiking area, is only a short distance south of the city where you will find a sandy cove beach dotted with ferns and sitka spruce.   Seaside is just five miles north and it too is a great spot to enjoy the ocean breezes.

Cannon Beach looks to me to be a great choice for a vacation along the beautiful Oregon coast. One could easily spend several days enjoying all that Cannon Beach has to offer. -jeb

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