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2018 Official State of Alaska Vacation Planner

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3 6 Kodiak Archipelago Kodiak is the principal town on Kodiak Island and the home to a major fishing fleet. Established as the first capital of Russian America in 1792, reminders of this era can be found at the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Baranov Museum – formerly a fur storehouse and Alaska's oldest wooden structure. e original inhabitants of Kodiak were the Alutiiq people – 7,000 years later, their descendents still live on the island. Visit the Alutiiq Museum Archaeological Repository in downtown Kodiak and get a glimpse into Alutiiq history and culture. Villages scattered throughout the archipelago offer insights into traditional Alutiiq lifestyle. e Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge covers two-thirds of Kodiak Island, offering protected habitat for world-famous Kodiak brown bears – the world's largest land carnivore. Visit the refuge interpretive center and catch a floatplane to backcountry viewing destinations. e Kodiak Island Archipelago offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, whale watching and bear viewing. Originally a WWII coastal fortification, Fort Abercrombie Historical State Park was one of the first radar installations in Alaska. It is now a national historic landmark and provides a forest setting for day hikes, picnics and camping. Bristol Bay Scheduled air service from Anchorage to Dillingham, King Salmon and Iliamna provides access to Bristol Bay's numerous fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities. Many indigenous cultures also meet here, including Yupik, Alutiiq and Athabascan. King Salmon is the gateway to Katmai National Park and Preserve, an excellent place to view brown bears. Visitors can explore the Valley of Ten ousand Smokes, a striking landscape created by the 1912 eruption of Novarupta Volcano. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve offers a wilderness of seacoast, mountains, glaciers and lakes filled with trophy- sized rainbow trout. When visiting Dillingham, be sure to try your hand at landing some of Alaska's famous salmon or watch for the area's plentiful wildlife. Dillingham is the gateway to the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary and Wood-Tikchik State Park – the largest state park in the United States. Lake Iliamna drains into the Kvichak River drainage, an important habitat for sockeye salmon and possibly the largest contributor to the Bristol Bay fishery. It is also the only state-designated trophy sport fishery. Southwest Pribilof Islands

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