If you want moody and atmospheric, this is it. For a beach that sits on America’s Pacific Coast, it sure does buck all sun-kissed, palm-fringed expectations. The Beaver State’s Cannon Beach is home to Haystack Rock, a giant formation that sticks out like a sore thumb along a distinctly misty coastline. An optimal choice for dog walking and reflective strolls, it does get chilly here even in the summer so you’ll want to keep moving.
Want to add some Wild West to your waterfront wanderings? Throw in some adventure and saddle up. There’s no better way to experience the Oregon coastline than by horseback, and there are horse riding schools nearby that offer daytime and sunset rides. Cannon Town itself is as charming as a town can be; large chains have been prevented from opening here to preserve the quaint surrounds.