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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Cruising the Oregon coast
Photographer Michael Hanson

Whale Watching Go Guide

Inn love: Check into the updated Inn at Cannon Beach, from $169; atcannonbeach.com. 

Local Flavor:

For the best meal, hit Lincoln City’s BlackFish Café. Fresh and local offerings range from seafood-studded cioppino to salmon to duck breast.

Pig ’N Pancake (Astoria, Cannon Beach, Seaside) is an Oregon coast classic. Try the homemade banana pancakes with orange-pineapple syrup. Yum!

Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City), a maritime public house, is a rare treat: an oceanfront brewery. Award-winning ales, pan-fried mahi mahi, and beer-battered fries will fuel you up for more whale watching. Or stay awhile and enjoy the wide-open views of Haystack Rock and Cape Kiwanda.


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