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 spring break, head to the coast for Whale Watching Week.
Oregon State Parks is celebrating the incredible migration of whales from March 24-31. Gray whales will be traveling north on their way to Alaska from the end of March to June. From Cannon Beach all the way south to Brookings, there are many places to take in every spout and tail slap. See the map at the bottom of the page.
Since there are so many places you can see whales during Whale Watching Week, here is my recommendation. Go to the Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay. The center has 180-degree views of the ocean and makes a wonderful retreat from the rain on stormy coastal days. Inside you’ll find interactive displays, knowledgeable staff, binoculars to borrow and a live feed that offers a close-up view of the whales. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If Depoe Bay too far for your, choose a location below and spend your spring break seeing one of the world’s great migrations during Whale Watching Week.