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5 Best Places To Go Whale Watching In Washington This Season

Arya Stark was whale watching at one of these spots too!
Best Places To Whale Watch In Washington This Season

Aside from exploring rainforests and hitting the snow-covered slopes, there's plenty to do in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're a local or are just passing through, if you've always wanted to spot some underwater giants swimming around, look no further. Here are some of the best places to go whale watching in Washington this season. 

From March to May every year, gray whales migrate to summer feeding grounds in the North Pacific or breeding waters in Baja California. Meaning, you can actually spot them frolicking in the waters. 

While several tour operators are offering half-off deals right now, if you want to try your luck at finding these big fish on your own, here are some of the best places to be. 

As a bonus, they're also beach towns. So you can get your summer on.


Why You Need To Go: There's a "whale trail" on this island's Washington Park. Plus, three pods of orca families call these waters home.


San Juan Islands

Why You Need To Go: You can take a day trip to Lime Kiln North State Park or a tour that will take you to kayak with orca whales (we're not kidding). Maise Williams aka Arya Stark was here was whale-watching here too.



Why You Need To Go: The Thomas Hladky Memorial Park in this town even has a bell that visitors ring when they spot some big fishes passing through. You can also join in to celebrate a whale parade in April every year.



Why You Need To Go: The town's Possession Point is basically humpback whales' dinner table — they feed on krill in shallow waters and you can see it from this spot.


Alki Beach

Why You Need To Go: If you don't have time to take a ferry to one of the Puget Sound islands, you can just drive to this beach in West Seattle. Since this spot is populated with seals, you'll find a Bigg's orca or two that come to snack on them.


While predicting where these wild mammals will be next can be hard, you can follow The Orca network and take a look at their Whale Sightings Viewpoint map for details on the latest sightings.