Oregon is truly a natural wonder. In Portland, we’re lucky enough to live a short drive from the mountain and the ocean. If you’re looking for an unforgettable day trip or want to get out of the city during winter break, head to the coast for whale watching.
Nearly 15,000 gray whales will be traveling from Alaska to Baja Mexico. You can spot whales on their journey south from mid-December to mid-January. The whales are making their migration south to the calving lagoons near Baja, Mexico.
The end of December is the peak time to see the whales along the Oregon Coast. There are many places to take in every spout and tail slap stretching the Oregon coastline, from Astoria all the way south to Brookings.
If you’re feeling cooped up and need to get out, take a drive to the coast. Pack a lunch, a pair of binoculars and make a whole day out of spotting a whale or two.
Whale Watching Week
Whale Watching Week is taking place December 27-31.
Trained volunteers will be stationed at 15 sites to help visitors spot whales, share information and answer questions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. I recommend visiting the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay. It is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Below is a map of 15 designated whale watching locations. Choose a location below and spend a day seeing one of the world’s greatest migrations.
For more information about whale watching on the Oregon coast, visit the Oregon State Parks website.