If you grew up the 90’s, you’re probably familiar with a little ol’ movie called The Goonies. Made in 1985, the Goonies was about a group of teenage boys from Astoria, Oregon, who embark on an adventure to find the buried treasure of the pirate One-Eyed Willy. A classic coming-of-age-story, the Goonies was shot and filmed on the shores of Oregon, in a little spot known as Cannon Beach.
Cannon Beach offers a stunning mixture of mountains, redwoods, and ocean, all in one panoramic view. Although the Oregon beach can be a little on the chilly side, it’s known by locals as being one of the best kept secrets in America. This secret is epitomized in the awe-inspiring beauty of Haystack Rock, the gem of Cannon Beach.
Rising well over 230 feet into the air, you can easily walk to Haystack Rock when the tides are low. Haystack Rock supports an abundant ecosystem dependent on this tiny rocky island. Explore as much as you wish, but climbing on Haystack Rock is strictly prohibited. If you’re a Goonies fan, you’ll quickly notice the importance of this rocky island in the movie.
Rain or shine, Cannon Beach is not to be missed. With break-taking views and stunning rock formations, Cannon Beach is easily one of the most beautiful spots in Oregon.
The little town of Cannon Beach is worth a gander once you’ve had your fill of the shore. Wander into town and peruse the local art. Many stores have a nautical art theme (for obvious reasons). With many local coffee shops and eateries to choose from, you can easily spend an entire day here.