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2018 Official State of Alaska Vacation Planner

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Tr ave l A l a s k a .c o m 37 Alaska Peninsula e Alaska Peninsula reaches 550 miles (885 km) into the Pacific Ocean. is geologically active area is home to volcanoes and sea-carved coastlines, ancient Aleut village sites and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities. Scheduled air service from Anchorage to Cold Bay provides access to an array of national wildlife refuges and nearby communities, including the Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve and the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory habitat for birds, ducks and geese. Brown bear and other wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful on the peninsula. Aleutian Islands Past the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands begin their more than 1,000-mile (1,609-km) sweep toward Asia. ese incredible windswept islands, now part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, were the theater for the 19-day Battle of Attu between Japanese and American troops in May 1943. Visitors can reach Unalaska via air service from Anchorage or Cold Bay or by taking a summer ferry from Kodiak. Unalaska was an early trading post of the Russian American Company and center of the sea otter trade in the 1700s. e local fishing fleet holds the distinction of leading the nation in quantity of landed catch. Visitors enjoy exploring the Aleutian WWII Visitor Center and a network of bunkers and pillboxes. Local Unangan (Aleut) culture and history can be found at the Museum of the Aleutians. Pribilof Islands Fly from Anchorage to see the world-famous wildlife colonies on St. George and St. Paul Islands in the Bering Sea. More than 240 bird species, including colorful puffins, have been seen on rock cliffs and grassy tundra. A nesting population of 2.5 million birds makes St. George home to some of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Hemisphere. St. Paul's beaches also play host to an amazing number of fur seals. ose furs were what first drew Russian explorers to the islands in 1786, using Aleut labor to harvest the animals. Today the islands provide support for the Bering Sea fishing fleet. Known as the "Galapagos of the North," they have also become a major destination for birdwatchers from around the world. e island's Russian churches can be found on the National Register of Historic Places. Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta e waters of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers flow through a vast, treeless plain encompassed by the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. ese expansive river drainages offer habitat for a wide array of birds and wildlife. Bethel, a port community on the Kuskokwim River, is the commercial hub of the area. A Yupik trading center in the 1870s, Bethel remains a marketplace for ivory carvings, baskets and other Native cra items. e Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center features Native exhibits and demonstrations of dancing and carving. e Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Museum Annex offers exhibits of traditional Native tools and clothing, a collection of vintage photos, Native art classes and a gi shop. With daily scheduled air service from Anchorage, Bethel is easily accessible. Monthly Temperature and Daylight Information Kodiak

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