WHERE: Sequim, Washington.
WHY: For the Olympic BirdFest with the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (3/30–4/1; times and prices vary. Dungeness River Audubon Society, 2151 W Hendrickson Road; 360.681.4076; olympicbirdfest.org). The annual celebration offers beginner and advanced birders the chance to search for such fine feathered friends as the yellow-rumped warbler and the elusive marbled godwit, plus classes and guided walks—including late-night “owl prowls.”
SIDE TRIP: The Audubon Society offers a three-day San Juan Islands cruise aboard the 50-passenger yacht Glacier Spirit, departing on the last day of BirdFest. You’ll float past Sucia Island, Deception Pass and San Juan Island to spot more birds and, possibly, a few whales (from $600; accommodations at Roche Harbor Resort included). GETTING THERE: From Seattle, head to the Olympic Peninsula, and then toward Sequim via U.S. 101 W; turn right on Sequim Avenue and left on W Hendrickson.