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San Diego Whale Watching


´╗┐San Diego Whale Watching

It's no secret to anyone that the coast of San Diegois the ideal place to watch the annual migration of the gray whale. Looked upon as one of nature's ultimatespectacles; the migration of gray whales is nothing short of breathtaking. The coastline of San Diego isone of their migratory points as they travel from the waters of the Arctic to the warmer regions of the Baja(California), where females also give birth.

Every year, roughly 26,000 gray whales will make the long journey of 10,000+ miles from the Arctic to the Bajaand back. If you look at this journey and compare it to any other mammal, you'll notice that the gray whale by far has the greatest amount of traveling at hand.

If you've never experienced whale watching, you'll behappy to know that anyone will find it memorable - youngor old. Spotting a gray whale along the coastline issomething that is truly a memorable moment, making youstop for a second and truly appreciate these awesomemammals.

If you ask the Birch Aquarium in San Diego, you'll findthat gray whales are seen most frequently from Decemberthrough March. While they travel in dozens normally, it's nothing to see pods of them (2 - 3) as they travelduring migration. Throughout the coast of San Diego,you can easily spot these whales as they are somewhatslow swimmers.

During their swimming, they will normally dive to a depthof 100 feet or more for a few minutes, then surface and blow. Then, they will do a few shallow dives, before making that deep dive again. When watching whales, figuringout this pattern makes the success of watching them allthe more fun and exciting.

While there are many common places to watch whales, nothing seems to compare to the excitement of watching them from aboard a cruise. There are many cruises that takeplace in San Diego, many of which offer unbeatable deals.From H&M Landing to the Birch Aquarium, cruises are some of the best ways to see the beauty and tranquility of thetraveling gray whales.

The beauty of the gray whales can also be seen from many points of the San Diego coast, including the Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma or the cliffs of Torrey PinesState Beach. Along these points, you can see the whales as they make their travels.

Whether it's a cruise or just watching from the coast, whalewatching in San Diego is something you truly have to see toappreciate. You can take your kids, family, or even your friends. Whale watching can definately be exciting, all youhave to do is plan your day and enjoy everything that thebeauty of the gray whale will provide you with.

Tours Offer Unique Glimpses of Seattle


´╗┐Tours Offer Unique Glimpses of Seattle

As tourist, when we visit a city, it is always interesting to check out the various tours of that city that are offered. Many cities have tours that are similar to basically any other city. Seattle, Washington, however, is different from most other cities. Not only do they have tours that really can't be compared to anywhere else on earth, they have tours that are delightfully fun and entertaining in and of themselves.

One of the more interesting and most popular tours of Seattle is called Ride the Ducks of Seattle. This tour takes you on amphibious World War Two vehicles throughout the city giving you a great tour of Seattle from land and water. The tour lasts about ninety minutes and will be unlike any other tour you're ever likely to take again.

The second tour of interest is a toss up with another tour for my favorite land excursion. I'll tell you about both; hopefully, you will try both and decide which one you like best. This would be called Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. This tour is strange, hilarious, and fun all at the same time. It is also shocking and disturbing in ways too. The idea that a city was built basically on top of itself is a little strange, but to discover that the original city isn't ruins makes the tale even stranger to those who don't know the story. The story is great and the telling is even better. The only drawback to this tour is that young children might find it either disturbing or boring, or both. So be prepared to entertain. The terrain is also not suitable for strollers if you have very little ones.

My next favorite tour is called Private Eye Tours. This tour takes you to scenes of crimes some solved, some unsolved throughout the city. There are three tours that you can currently take. Each one costs $25 per person and lasts about two and a half hours, except for the ghost tour, which lasts three hours. The different tours are: The Queen Anne Mystery and Murder Tour, The Capital Hill Mystery and Murder Tour, and Haunted Happenings, which is also known as the Seattle Ghost Tour. Each of these tours is great fun for those who are not squeamish and make a great gift for a true crime fan or someone who loves those old fashioned detective novels.

If you are interested in whale watching there are several excursions you can take. First of all, during the height of the season (June and July) you have an excellent chance of seeing whales if you watch from the western side of San Juan Islands. This is probably the best way to see whales from land. Beyond that you can take several chartered whale watching excursions. Here are a few of the companies offering whale watching cruises: San Juan Safaris (you can also do a five hour Orca search by kayak with this company), Salish Sea Charters, Island Adventures (this tour offers a discount for early birds and they offer a whale spotting guarantee), and Maya's Whale Watching Charters, which for a slightly higher price gives you a much smaller boat and puts you much closer to the water for a better view of the whales.

Tours are a great way to get the most of your vacation experience. I hope I have showcased some of the more unique and colorful tours that Seattle has to offer. There are the general tours of the city and walking tours as well, these are just the tours that stand out and leave an impression.