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Multnomah Falls & Cannon Beach, Oregon

My favorite day of our vacation was when we traveled outside of the city and took a drive up the Oregon coast. Our first stop was Cannon Beach, a charming seaside community about an hour and a half north of Portland.

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Cannon Beach is well known for Haystack Rock, a 235-foot-high dome that towers over the sandy beach. If you love The Goonies, like I do, then this rock will look very familiar!

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After walking around Cannon Beach, we continued north to Seaside and Astoria, approximately 2 hours north of Portland. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of these towns, but they are definitely worth a visit! The Oregon coast is absolutely gorgeous and I could have spent days exploring the area.

Before we headed back to the city, we made one more stop at Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is a 620-foot-high double-decker waterfall located about 35 minutes from Portland. Fun fact, it is the second-highest year-round waterfall in the nation. You can hike all the way to the top of the waterfall, but we just enjoyed the view from the bottom. And boy, was it a spectacular view!

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The views walking away from the waterfall weren’t too bad either.

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If you visit Multnomah Falls, you will be traveling along the historic Columbia River Highway, the oldest scenic highway in the United States. The highway takes you past half a dozen waterfalls, hiking trails, and breathtaking views of the river itself. We stopped along one of the many checkpoints for a truly stunning view of the river.

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We packed quite a lot into one day! If you don’t have time to head all the way up the Oregon coast, you must at least visit Multnomah Falls. It’s a quick drive out of the city and you won’t regret it!

~S

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