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- Created: Friday, 03 February 2012 19:40
Life in the RV can be full of adventure and new experiences. The spring season brings new opportunities for RV travelers to explore the natural world and create lasting memories.
Of the many activities available to RV travelers during spring, whale-watching season is a great opportunity to learn and experience something new.
Beginning in mid-February, grey whales leave breeding and calving sites off the coast of Baja, California, and travel north to summer feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. Traveling close to shore, grey whales can be spotted along the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
These giant mammals, which can reach 46 feet in length and weigh up to 36 tons, make one of the longest annual migrations in the world, traveling around 10,000 miles round-trip. Inquisitive and friendly towardpeople, grey whales are known to spyhop, lobtail and breach the surface.
The West Coast of the United States has a long history of whale watching. High points along the coastline offer many opportunities for land-based observations.
Traveling along the famous Pacific Coast Highway gives RVers a good chance to spot whales while experiencing the beautiful landscapes of one of the most scenic routes in the United States. This legendary highway hugs most of the coastline from San Diego to northern Washington, providing a continuous avenue for RV travelers who want to stay close to the coast.
Charter companies also offer visitors a unique perspective of the whales from the air or water. With the ability to cover large areas in a limited time, air tours give visitors a good chance of seeing whales. Boat tours offer the chance for an up-close and personal experience. Grey whales are curious and friendly, sometimes approaching boats and poking their heads out of the water.
Novice whale-watching RVers can also take advantage of the weeklong program offered by Whale Watching Spoken Here. This program provides trained volunteers at 26 proven whale-watching sites from northern California to southern Washington. Volunteers help visitors spot whales and provide educational information. This spring’s session will run March 24 to 31, 2012.
The annual migration of the grey whales provides an exciting and moving experience for veteran and novice whale watchers. With so many places to see these massive mammals, RVers will find whale watching an interesting and exciting spring activity and a perfect reason to take to the road.
While spotting whales can take practice, finding a great RV campground is easy. Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts offer premier RV resorts all along the West Coast. Each location offers unique amenities and activities, such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, lounges, sports courts, organized activities, Wi-Fi access and more.
To book a visit to any of these Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts on the West Coast, call (866) 730-0637 or visit www.RVontheGO.com.