Crescent City, Calif.
March 30-April 3: The arrival of hundreds of thousands of Aleutian geese ushers in a greater celebration of California's north coast at the Aleutian Goose Festival. Visitors can witness the goose fly-off at dawn and take trips to see them feeding. The festival also offers other wildlife and birding jaunts, including owl viewings, a lighthouse tour, a nature photography workshop and boating trips, from kayaks to a 44-foot charter, along the redwood-studded Smith River and offshore islands, where seals, sea lions and whales pass. There are also presentations by ornithologists, biologists, botanists, naturalists, historians and American Indians.
Event prices vary; most are in the $20 to $45 range. Water excursions depend on the weather. Trips depart from the Crescent City Cultural Center at 1001 Front St. All events require registration. To register or for more information: (707) 465-0888, www.aleutiangoosefestival.org.
Teton Village, Wyo.
March 18-April 2: Blues Traveler's free March 25 concert headlines a slew of events scheduled at the Jackson Hole Mountain Tram Days Celebration. Daredevils can get adrenaline rushes by competing in the open giant slalom race (March 19), the rough-and-tumble Rondonee Rally ski mountaineering race (March 25) and the Pole, Pedal, Paddle alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biking and boating challenge (April 1). Thrill-seekers can also behold 100 of the nation's best free-skiing schussers risking life and limb in the Jackson Hole Free Ski Open (March 22-23).