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Haystack Rock

Highway 101, Cannon Beach, OR 97110
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Beaches
Traveler Description: If you've ever seen a picture of Cannon Beach, it has probably included Haystack Rock, one of the most photographed landmarks on the Oregon coast... more »
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have visited the Haystack rock and Cannon Beach on previous trips to the US, but never knew about the tide pools - this time around we visited with our kids (12 and 8) and some American friends - our friends showed us the wonders to be found in the tide pools :) Our kids LOVED gently... More

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Nampa, Idaho
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Can't miss it, looks just like a haystack. Wonderful sight on a beach with so much happening. Lot's of open sand where you can drive your car. Don't get caught napping when the tide is coming in. Every year we see people get stuck and have to call a tow truck to haul them out of the surf. At low... More

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florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It was great to watch the birds and explore the water pools during low tide. Great rock to take pictures of. It changes all days long.

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Greer, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Cannon Beach was wonderful. Pictures don't do it justice. We went at low tide and had a blast looking for starfish, anenomes, and sea cucumbers in the tide pools. It was fascinating to see all the birds that were nesting. Parking was a little difficult, but it was in July so that is to be expected.

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Colorado Springs
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Haystack Rock, as well as all of the formations jut up out of the ocean and are amazingly beautiful. Living in Colorado, we have a different beauty. Cannon Beach should be on your bucket list.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We got up at 5 am to come down to Haystack rock at low tide. It was totally worth it! The tide pools around here are full of wonderful little critters. There were some friendly volunteers who were answering questions and keeping tourists away from the fragile areas with bird's nests. It was a great experience.

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Apopka, Florida
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Make sure you go to Cannon Beach to see Haystack Rock. The view changes moment to moment depending on the weather. The beach is shallow and the kids will love it. They were having a fundraising run/walk on the beach when we were there. This is a must see!

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Chicago
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Nesting puffins provide an interesting addition to a beautiful natural setting. As the tide recedes, waters around the huge rock become shallow enough for the beachgoers to get close to it. Miles of beach provide ample viewing angles of the rock, and its massive size provides for a unique landmark.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Haystack Rock looks different almost every hour. Sometimes you can't even see it when your a hundred feet away. Walk from one end of the beach to the other and everything totally changes. A really impressive geological sight.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This monolith is one of the most fabulous things you will ever see. When the tide is out the base is covered with hundreds of tidepools. When the tide is in the top of the rock holds the nests of hundreds of birds. It is a great place to walk on the beach and if you appreciate tide pools, you'll... More

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