Many of the local fishing charter operators provide whale-watching trips March–May, when the gray whales are heading north from their winter quarters off Baja California. Get a list of operators from the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center (2985 N. Montesano St., 360/268-9422 or 800/345-6223, www.westportgrayland-chamber.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. year-round, plus 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat.–Sun. May–Sept.). Expect to pay $20–30 for a three-hour trip.
You may also spot whales from the jetty or from the Westport viewing towers. The passenger ferry to Ocean Shores is an inexpensive way to watch for the whales that periodically wander into Grays Harbor. The Westport Maritime Museum offers weekend whale-watching seminars, films, and workshops in season.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition