Spencer Weiner, Los Angeles Times
San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, California, is the place to go to see gray whales up close. Here, visitors in a small boat pet the whales. Every year, hundreds of gray whales arrive at the lagoon from Alaska to mate and reproduce. There are stellar places in California to watch the whales as they make their way south--and you don't have to get on a boat to see them.
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