Make Depoe Bay your whale watching destination: Gerry Frank’s picks

Depoe Bay carries the title of Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast, and now is the perfect time to go. Prime time viewing is March through May and December through January during annual migrations.

Tradewinds Charters (118 U.S. 101, Depoe Bay; 541-765-2345, 800-445-8730) is the oldest charter compa­ny on the West Coast and offers a variety of fishing trips (bottom, salmon, tuna, halibut). Whale watching excursions are informative and fun for the whole family (practice shouting, “Thar she blows!” beforehand); one- and two-hour trips are available. Some excursions include setting crab pots along the way and vary more at

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