The pacific northwest coast is not known for its picturesque winters, or the sublime beauty of its falls. Mainly, the falls are rainy, and you get at most, a few weeks of beautiful fall colors before the rain turns it all into mud and rotting leaves on the ground. And winters? Pretty much more rain, but a little colder. But like any enterprising area, bad coastal weather has been turned into a tourist-draw.
Namely, storm watching. Lots of places along the north-west coast have come up with storm watching packages for the fall and winter season. The idea is lovely, watching a storm rage off the coast somewhere warm, or even braving the storm for a little bit, and then retreating. Here's ten places with great storm watching opportunities.
10 Mendocino, California
9 Monterey, California
8 Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon
7 Depoe Bay, Oregon
6 Yachats, Oregon
5 Ocean Shores, Washington
4 La Push, Washington
3 Cape Disappointment, Washington
2 Ucluelet, British Columbia
1 Tofino, British Columbia
Tofino, on the far west side of Vancouver Island, has thrown itself wholeheartedly into the storm watching trend. While it's already beloved by surf fans for its waves, the waters are a little different during the November to March storm season (peaking in December to February), and they earn their title as the 'graveyard of the pacific'. Even on calm days, the effects of the storm season are visible, in the wind-warped trees along the shore. And when you're done with the beach and storms, Tofino has a lot to offer, from fine dining to fascinating boutiques. Several of the hotels, offer storm watching packages, like the Wickaninnish Inn's, which comes with guide books, a nature walk, rain gear and drinks.
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