Official State of Alaska Vacation and Travel Information
Chugach National Forest
by: Michael DeYoung
by: Frank Flavin
A nine-day excursion from Anchorage to Kodiak through the Kenai Peninsula: Start in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest playground, and spend the day enjoying culture, shopping and outdoors attractions, keeping an eye out for a glimpse of the city’s resident moose population. A two-and-a-half hour drive south on the scenic Seward Highway will land you in Seward, a quaint fishing town with an abundance of wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities. Travel further south on the Kenai Peninsula, to Cooper Landing, Soldotna, Kenai and Homer where opportunities for fishing, hiking and rafting abound. From Homer, fly or take the Alaska Marine Highway to Kodiak, to explore the island’s Russian and Alutiiq history, before heading out on a charter flight to Katmai National Park, for some world-renown bear viewing:
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If a rare bird encounter sends you reaching for your camera and the thought of sharing a beach with a group of hungry grizzly bears makes you giddy, you may want to consider planning your next vacation to Alaska. A paradise for birders, wildlife photographers, nature enthusiasts or any traveling animal lover, Alaska offers year-round opportunities for fantastic wildlife viewing – both on and offshore and for any ability level. Many of the state’s resident creatures such as moose, brown and black bear, and more than 500 different bird species share their habitats with humans near towns and cities. It’s not uncommon to see traffic halted on a roadway due to a moose sighting in the distance, or Dall sheep perched on a nearby cliff. The rail belt traveling through Southcentral and Interior Alaska offers visitors easy access to some of the most wildlife-rich spots in the state. Among the most traveled options is a bus trip down the 90-mile road leading into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve, with frequent stops to view and photograph moose, bear, wolves, caribou, fox, wolverine and more.
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