Amazing Getaways'

Great Escapes and Outdoor Adventures of the Pacific Northwest: Watchin' for Wildlife...


  • Bastion City Wildlife Cruise...Nanaimo, B.C.
    (250) 753-2852.
    Relax aboard the 66 ft. Motor Yacht "Bastion City" as you view spectacular scenery and wildlife close up.

  • Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tours...Victoria, B.C.
    (250) 477-1818.
    Get up close and personal on a 3 hour Zodiac trip. You'll enjoy spectacular coastal scenery, killer whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals & sea birds.

  • Jamie's Whaling Station...Tofino, B.C.
    (800) 667-9913.
    If you're looking for guaranteed sightings this is the place.

  • Petroglyph Provincial Park...Nanaimo, B.C.

    Thousand-year-old Indian carvings, bird and wildlife sanctuaries.

  • Stubbs Island Charters Ltd...Telegraph Cove, B.C.
    (250) 928-3185.
    This is a fun 3-5 hour cruise with hearty homemade meal. Ocean Pacific Whale Charters...Tofino, B.C. (250) 725-3919. Experience the gray whale adventure.


  • ABC Yacht Charters...Anacortes, WA
    (800) 426-2313.
    Feel like taking a trip to paradise? Then head to Anacortes and let ABC Yacht Charters and the magic of the Pacific Northwest cast a spell on you. While aboard a charter yacht, you can choose to explore the tranquil beauty of the San Juans or the Canadian Gulf Islands, the majesty of British Columbia's Desolation Sound, or the breathtaking grandeur of Southeast Alaska. Our pristine waters and emerald forests will provide you with one of the most celebrated cruising destinations in the world.

  • Island Adventures...Anacortes, WA
    (800) 465-4604
    Anacortes is known as the "gateway" to the San Jaun Islands and is the ideal departure point for an Orca search and wildlife cruise. And speaking of wildlife, while aboard the 65' Island Explorer 11, you'll have a 95% sighting success - you'll also take in the spectacular scenery from every angle. Outside you'll find a large bow area (great for bow-riding porpoises) also a full walk-around lower deck with plenty of seating to catch all the action. Inside the spacious, heated cabin you will find booth seating with tables, extra large viewing windows and a snack bar with food and beverage service. Island Adventures is an owner-operated company founded by Shane and Jennifer Aggergarrd in 1996.

  • CarTours...Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Hurricane Ridge, WA..
    (360) 571-3994.
    Visiting Mount St. Helens? Mount Rainier? Hurricane Ridge? More fully experience Washington's most popular mountains with these audio tours. As you drive through magnificent scenery, your CarTours tape describes the history, geology, ecology and even the oral history of these unique areas. Park rangers. naturalists, geologists and others interpret the landscape outside your window. Available at AAA of Washington Travel Stores, and directly at: Visit the website for a free sample.

  • Brisa Charters...Port Townsend & Orcas Island, WA
    (360) 385-7714, June - Oct: (360) 376-3264
    Daysail aboard a classic 45-ft. Lapworth racing sloop. Scheduled 3-hour tours on private sailings. Hands-on participation, spectacular scenery, marine naturalist, gourmet food & beverages.

  • Orcas Island Eclipse Charter Inc., Orcas Island, WA
    800-376-6566, (360) 376-4663
    Enjoy Orca Whale watching adventures aboard the U.S.C.G certified "Eclipse 1." You'll renew your spirit with nature when exploring the San Juan Islands with this licensed captain & trained naturalist.

  • Island Mariner Cruises...Bellingham, WA.
    (360) 734-8866.
    If you're in search of the ultimate in Orca whale watching adventures you've come to the right place. You'll enjoy a 7 1/2 hour fully guided nature tour filled with wildlife sightings, educational trivia and spectacular scenery throughout the San Jaun Islands.

  • San Jaun Excursions Inc., Friday Harbor, WA.
    800 80-WHALE, (360) 378-6636.
    Breaching whales, soaring eagles, curious seals and playful who could ask for more. The San Juan Islands abound with wildlife, including pods of Orca whales featured in both movies "Free Willy" and "Free Willy 2."

  • Nisqually Wildlife Refuge...Olympia, WA.
    (206) 753-9467.
    Beware, this is actually a refuge, not a tourist attraction. Visitors enjoy self-guided hiking trails ranging from a mile to six miles. Be sure to bring the binoculars.There's also an interpretive center open on the weekend.

  • Olympic Game Farm...Sequim, WA.
    (360) 683-4295.
    Lions and tigers and bears and much, much more...including, guided walking tours and drive-through tours.

  • Wolf Haven...Olympia, WA.
    (206) 264-4695.
    If you like wolves then you'll love visiting this wolf sanctuary. You'll spot arctic, timber and buffalo wolves. Tours are given hourly, there's also a "howl in" as well as old fashioned marshmallow roasts on weekends.


  • High Desert Museum...Bend, OR.
    (503) 382-4754.
    Enjoy history exhibits as well as outdoor wildlife demonstrations starring river otters, porcupines and birds of prey.

  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge...Hines, OR.
    (503) 573-7292.
    Malheurr is considered one of the major bird refuges in the United States. Here you'll view migrating water fowl also magnificent sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, water birds, shore birds and songbirds. The big migratory festival is in early April which provides tours, entertainment and exhibits.

  • Cascade Head...Lincoln City, OR.

    This is a wonderful place for whale watching and nature walks.

  • Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge...Oceanside, OR.

    Highway 101 is filled with fun adventures...follow the Three Capes Loop and you'll discover its wildlife treasure.

  • Oregon Coast Aquarium...Newport, OR.

    Visit the home of Keiko. Here you'll find four indoor Aquarium galleries which showcase coastal habitats. Outdoors, you'll view seals, sea lions and otters, also North America's largest walk-through sea bird aviary.

  • West Coast Game Park Safari...Bandon, OR.

    When visiting here you can pet free-roaming wildlife.