For those with a naturalist streak, few places on earth compare with the wonders of Southwest Alaska. Brown bears amble along the hills and plains, and more than 240 bird species inhabit Alaska’s Southwest region. The region’s terrain ranges from a landscape of volcanoes in Katmai National Park created by the 1912 eruption of the Novarupta volcano, to the windswept Aleutian Islands that make a 1,000-mile sweep toward Asia.
Sweeping westward from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula through the top of the Aleutian Islands, the Aleutians East Borough is located in one of the world’s most beautiful, dramatic regions. Here, nestled among active volcanoes, sea-sculpted coastline and mile-after-mile of untamed landscape, the adventurous traveler can explore ancient Aleut village sites, visit agate beaches, view an array of birds, wildlife and marine life or enjoy unparalleled fishing opportunities. Aleut families have inhabited the region since the Second Ice Age. Today it is home to the communities of Akutan, Cold Bay, False Pass, King Cove and Sand Point. These communities share a common heritage and reliance on the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, but each holds its own unique charms.
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Seventy miles southwest of the city of Kodiak on Kodiak Island and tucked away in the sheltered waters of Sitkalidak Strait is Old Harbor, a lively little port for...
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