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Top Places to Watch Whales in North America

Whale watching offers incredible experiences with different species of whales in their natural habitats. The travel app Visited has ranked the top whale watching spots in North America based on over 1.75 million app users. Visited allows you to mark off places you’ve been and where you want to travel, see and save bucket list destinations, and get personalized travel stats. You can also get a custom travel map and set travel goals in the app. 

The top whale watching destinations in North America according to Visited are:

  1. Juneau, Alaska is the most visited whale watching spot in North America. The northern U.S. city is a prime whale watching destination, with humpback whales, orcas, harbor seals, steller sea lions, and many other marine species. 
  1. Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii is a tropical whale watching destination. With spectacular views of migrating humpback whales, Lahaina is the second most popular whale watching place in North America. 
  1. Tadoussac in Quebec, Canada, has plenty of marine species to see on whale watching excursions, including humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales, and minke whales from May to October and beluga whales year-round. 
  1. Provincetown on the northeast coast of the U.S. in Massachusetts is the fourth most popular whale watching destination in North America. Common whale species to see include fin whales, humpback whales, and right whales.
  2. Nanaimo along the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, has ample marine life for whale watching, including Southern Resident Orca Whales, humpback whales, gray whales, transient orca whales, and minke whales.

6. St. Andrews in New Brunswick, Canada, has whale watching excursions, with sightings of right whales, seals, eagles, dolphins, and more. 

7. Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, is a top destination for beluga whale watching.

8. San Juan Islands in Washington, U.S., has plenty of whale watching, with orcas, humpbacks, gray whales, and minkes.

9. Rye in New Hampshire, along the east coast of the U.S., is the ninth most popular whale watching area in North America. Rye has humpback whales, minke whales, porpoises, seals, and more. 

10. Monterey is a warm whale watching destination in California. Whale watching in Monterey may include sightings of gray whales, orcas, humpback whales, blue whales, minke whales, sea lions, and more.

Have you been to some of the top places to watch whales in North America? Want to see more top whale watching spots and travel destinations? If you’re wondering where to travel next, we got you covered. Plan your next trip by selecting different destinations and places based on travel lists, experiences, and inspirational photos. We’ll show you which countries have the highest number of places you wish to visit. So you can go down the list and optimize your travel plans. 

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