Where to Watch Whales from Shore

Gray days ahead, and for once we’re not talking about the weather this winter! We’re talking about gray whales, making their migration north. March is prime time to spy these behemoth beauties on the coast, but you don’t have to get out on a boat to do it. Here are some great ways to spot whales from land. For shore!

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1) Slide On Over

It’s easy to drive right by one of coastal Marin’s most magnificent places without even realizing it. That’s because Slide Ranch, located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, has a very popular neighbor in the Muir Beach overlook. But…

2) Bluff Hugging Hike

For a superb 8-mile (round-trip) beach-to-beach ramble along a bluffside trail, Kortum Trail on the Sonoma Coast is tops. Crags, coves, cliffs, and amazing views of the Pacific are highlights. Sure, this stretch of coast attracts as much fog as…

3) How to Visit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

It’s California’s first national park, home to the earth’s largest living things (giant sequoias) and the deepest canyon in North America (sorry, Grand Canyon!). Together, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks make up two stunning landscapes and one amazing weekend…

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4) Whale, Hello There!

Blissfully quiet on early winter mornings, San Gregorio State Beach has a large cave to explore and more than a mile of nice walking—but you’ve gotta watch the winter tides! Even if you don’t stroll the beach here, head just…

5) I Do!

Even if you’re not getting married anytime soon, you’ve gotta visit Wedding Rock, the most dramatic spot in Patrick’s Point State Park. It’s called Wedding Rock because the park’s original caretaker got married there, and to this day people continue…

6) Stump for It!

Ready to go wild, then kick back and relax? It’s so easy to do on a beach-to-bluff hike in the lightly visited Salt Point State Park on the Sonoma Coast. Most people do the 1.2-mile (one-way) Salt Point Trail to…


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