Every year, people come to learn and be awed by the magnificent whales that travel along the coast of Oregon.
According to Oregon State Parks, in winter, nearly 25,000 gray whales swim along the coast where they travel south to the warm waters of Baja, Mexico.
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Between Friday, December 27, to Tuesday, December 31, you can watch whales along the coast as they migrate.
Oregon State Parks have the Whale Watching Spoken Here program that places several volunteers at whale-watching sites where they help visitors catch a glimpse of the magnificent creatures.
Here are the best 24 spots where you can spot whales. Here’s a google map of all the spots if you want a better look.
- Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
- Fort Stevens State Park–Peter Iredale Shipwreck
- Ecola State Park
- Neahkahnie Mountain Historic Marker
- Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Lookout State Park
- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
- Inn at Spanish Head
- Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
- The Whale Watching Center
- Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
- Cape Foulweather
- Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area
- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
- Don Davis Park, Newport
- Cook’s Chasm Turnout
- Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center
- Sea Lion Caves Turnout
- Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
- Shore Acres State Park
- Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint
- Battle Rock Wayside
- Cape Ferrelo
- Harris Beach State Park