Climb Aboard a Sea Cruise
Tour boats put you right in the middle of the action. On the 47-foot Morning Star, one of several whale-watching charters operating out of Depoe Bay, expectant seafarers spend an hour with their eyes trained on the indigo water. Then a whale flips a fin, or a spout erupts into air, and jubilant shouts ring out on deck. Spectators rush to the appropriate side for a look. Try your luck year-round out of Depoe Bay, where cruises begin at $18; tradewindscharters.com.