The top 5 places and times all around the United States to go whale watching!

The top 5 places and times all around the United States to go whale watching!

By: Liberty Steed

No one can deny that whales are incredibly beautiful, majestic creatures. They are the enormous mammals of the sea after all. What a great treat it would be to see one in person. Although these amazing animals are few in numbers, there are actually many places where it is likely to spot one. A good website to go to to find out more about whale watching is (places listed below are not listed in any specific order)

Before we begin, who is going to want to go whale watching if they don’t understand how awesome whales are? Here are some Cool facts about whales:
  1. The blue whale is the largest animal to ever have lived on earth!
  2. There is a variety of types of whales and with that comes a variety of sizes. Although Male blue whales on average get up to 79 feet long, Beluga whales (the smallest type of whales) can only get up to 14 feet long! 
  3.  Even though most whales are incredibly large animals, they feed of some of the smallest. This includes shrimp, krill, and other small organisms.
  4. Just like birds, whales migrate.
  5. Some whales such as the beluga whale use echolocation. This  is where they use  sound  to “see” where they are by hearing  how the  sound bounces off their surroundings.
  6. There are around 90 different species of  cetacea which includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

1: Glacier Bay, Alaska

Starting with Glacier Bay, Alaska, this is definitely a good place to go if you want to spot a whale. The best time to go is from May to September. After all, Glacier Bay is known for the plentiful amount of humpback whales in the area. Many people like to come to glacier bay to take kayaks out to whale watch and see the amazing glaciers around the area. There are many other places in Alaska to go whale watching, such as Juneau where you are likely to see humpbacks and orcas. However, Glacier Bay is definitely one of the best.

2. San Diego, California

Next, another good place to go whale watching is San Diego, California.  From December to April, the Ocean around San Diego is full California Grey Whales and Blue Whales! You may also see some Killer Whales and Beluga Whales if you visit Sea World. However, Killer whales are actually classified as dolphins.

3. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii is a great place to go whale watching. This is as long as you go sometime between November and May. As it has been previously mentioned, whales migrate and humpback whales are no exception. However, Hawaii is just full of whales during this time. If Hawaii wasn’t on your bucket list before, having a chance to see a humpback whale is definitely good reason to add it to the list. With that being said, there are many other fun things to do in Maui and all the other Hawaiian island. Click to find out more about what you can do in Hawaii.

4. Cap Code, Massachusetts 

Cap Code, Massachusetts is a great place to go whale watching for many reasons. One of which is the variety of types of whales you can see. If you go to cap code, it is possible you could see humpback whales, Pilot whales, Minkes or Finbacks! If you want to be on the safe side and be sure to see one, it is important to go sometime between April and October. There are even local cruises that you can take that promise at least one whale sighting whale you are there.

5. Newport Beach, California

The last location on this list is Newport Beach, California but that does not mean it is the worst location. In fact, it might possible be one of the best because no matter what time of the year you go, it is likely you will see a whale. These is because many different species of whales come here at different times of the year.  In the summer and fall tourist spot many Blue whales and during the winter and spring. You may also see dolphins and seals year around at this location!

Of course there are many other places around the world that are great for whale watching but the ones listed above are some of the best here in the US.