Top 10 Family Beaches
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Set against verdant old-growth forests and punctuated by giant rock monoliths (including the 235-foot-high Haystack Rock), quaint and kid-friendly Cannon Beach lies just 80 miles west of Portland, Oregon. While the Pacific waters here are often too cold for swimming, kite flying, along with tide pooling and sand-castle building, reign supreme on this wide, sandy strip – and the kites sold at the town's weathered cedarwood-clad shops make the perfect family beach vacation souvenir. Every June brings the Sandcastle Festival (June 14-16, 2013), when kids of all ages can enter one of the West Coast's largest sand-castle-building contests.