Kodiak Island, Alaska
Not only will you get to admire the beautiful gray whales, which frequent this area around April, but Kodiak Island is also rich in wildlife from red foxes to brown bears! Humpback and fin whales are plentiful from June to November, so pay Alaska a visit and you'll be in awe of how amazing nature truly is!
San Juan Islands, Washington
If you'd love a glimpse of orca whales, San Juan Islands is the spot for you! Specific families, or pods, of orcas frequent these waters so much that watchers and tour guides can identify them easily! Some pods stick around all year, while some stay only from the spring to the fall, usually through October. San Juan even named an island Orcas, so these whales feel right at home! Keep an eye out for gray, humpback, and minke whales, as well as porpoises, seals, sea lions, and more!
Monterey Bay, California
One of the best locations on the west coast for whale watching is Monterey Bay, California! Head out on a boat tour and you'll witness humpback and blue whales from April to December, and gray whales from December to April! It's not to uncommon to see killer whales in the area either! The colder water makes this area rich in food, so whales take advantage on their migrations!
Santa Barbara, California
Whales love California's west coat, especially Santa Barbara! It is typical to see gray whales from February to early April, and blue, minke, and humpback whales May to September! That's just a teaser of what you might find here though, as it's not unheard of for 27 different species of dolphins and whales to pass through at any given time!
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Created by Congress in 1992, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary serves as protected water where thousands of humpbacks end their migration southward! As many as 20 or more other species can been seen in this area too, but humpbacks frequent this spot for feeding and mating, so keep an ear out for their calls to potential mates, which is rarely heard anywhere else! Take a boat tour, or check out these great places for shoreline viewing! If you're exploring Hawaii, you'll probably have to leave the RV at home since it can be costly and impractical to transport it all the way there, so spring for some tent camping or pamper yourself with a hotel!
Bar Harbor, Maine
There is so much to see and do around Bar Harbor, Maine, but make it a point to set aside a few hours for an unforgettable whale watching tour! Minke, right, and fin whales can be found about 20 miles off the coast around mid April through October, and are attracted to the cool waters and plentiful food! You might also see dolphins, seals, sharks, harbour porpoises, and even Atlantic puffin if you're visiting June through August!
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary - Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Another area of protected waters between Cape Cod and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is an incredible spot for whale watching! The waters of Cape Cod were named one of the top ten whale watching spots in the world by the World Wildlife Fund! The sightings of humpback, fin, and minke whales are so frequent between April to October, that many companies in the area claim a 99 percent success rate for whale viewing on any given trip! Check out this list of whale watch companies for some enjoyable tours!
Long Island, New York
Whales in New York? The coast off of Long Island is actually an amazing feeding spot for a variety of whales! It's really incredible, with North Atlantic right, sei, minke, blue, sperm, humpback, and fin whales visiting in droves from July to early September. If you're touring the Big Apple and the surrounding area, take some time to appreciate the whales!
If you're visiting along the coast farther to the south, Virginia Beach has been known for some impressive whale sightings too! Although not as plentiful, spectators will still enjoy sightings of humpback whales December through March, but some activity is still prevalent in the summer when dolphins are out and about too!