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 watchers with binoculars
Photographer Michael Hanson

Prep for Imperfect Weather

Bright, sunny March days in Oregon are like somersaulting gray whales—unpredictable. Last March, temperatures in Pacific City and Coos Bay hit the mid-50s while a slushy snow fell inland. Three gear musts: warm but non-bulky gloves, thin shirts for layering, and a foul-weather jacket.

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