Eagle-watching tours make it possible to observe the national bird outside of its natural habitat—the back of a quarter. Look for bald eagles where they don't belong with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a two-and-a-half hour eagle-watching boat tour from Skagit River Guide Service (a $65 value). Tours take place twice daily, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Wayne Ackerlund and his knowledgeable guides captain a small fleet of propane-heated boats along the Skagit River, home to the highest concentration of bald eagles, as well as the happiest population of water molecules, in the lower 48 states. Before the three-hour tour kicks off, guides will greet guests at Howard Miller Steelhead Park and transport them to the launch site. High-backed, cushioned seats help six to eight guests relax as they sip steaming mugs of hot cocoa, keeping eyes and camera lenses peeled for glimpses of regal eagles feeding or building nest eggs. As guides tell of the eagles, their habits, and their habitat, motorized boats sail across a diverse ecosystem harboring elk, cougars, bears, and waterfowl, all living in the shelter of blue snow-capped mountains and lush evergreen forests.