One of the things we did on our trip to Oregon this year was head over to the coast and up to Depoe Bay to take a whale watching tour looking to see the migrating grey whales. We were not disappointed! We saw whales within 10-15 minutes of leaving the Depoe Bay harbor and spent the next hour watching two groups of whales. It's a great experience to see these huge creatures up close. Highly recommended!
Depoe Bay, OR: Oregon's whale migration peaks in December. But some smart gray whales live all year in Depoe Bay. For a nose-to-blowhole encounter, book a 90-minute trip with Whale Research EcoExcursions ($40; 541/912-6734). For a splurge night near the big guys, book a room at cliffside Whale Cove Inn ($395; whalecoveinn.com) and slurp garlicky cioppino at Tidal Raves ($$; 279 N.W. U.S. 101; 541/765-2995), where a window seat lets you whale-watch. Photo: Carrie Newell, Sunset.com