On the Whale Trail

Spring is the best time to visit the Oregon coast and see gentle giants on their 12,000-mile journey to Alaska.

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Whale tail
Photographer Carrie Newell

Whale Watching Go Guide

When to go: Ideally late March, and again in December, usually the last week of the year. While volunteers are available to lead the quest only during these weeks, sightings are possible every week of the year (though less frequent in November and February). Check whalespoken.org for details.

Getting there: Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX) and head 70 miles west on scenic U.S. 26 to Cannon Beach.

Scenic detours: Explore Tillamook, Depoe Bay, and the rugged river port of Brookings. Your main whale-watching route, U.S. Hwy 101, passes smokehouses, crab houses, pancake houses, espresso huts, and welcoming sea villages. For an ocean view hike, try the Neahkahnie Mountain turnout between mile markers 41 and 42.


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