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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Oregon lighthouse
Photographer Michael Hanson

Seek a Lighthouse View

For whale watchers and ocean lovers alike, Oregon’s lighthouses provide spectacular lookouts for gazing out to sea. Of the 28 official Whale Week sites, five are beacons. Near dairy town Tillamook, Cape Meares Lighthouse draws a crowd, rain or shine. Down south, Cape Blanco’s 139-year-old lighthouse stares down choppy seas on its cliffside spur. For tops in the awe category, admire the island lighthouse’s how-did-they-do-that construction near Cannon Beach on The Rock near Ecola State Park. Visit discoveroregonlighthouses.com.

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