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The Bush Travel Guide

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Plan Your Bush Vacation

Often when an Alaskan talks about going out to the Bush, they mean anywhere off the grid, which is most of Alaska. However, there's another area that Alaskans call the Bush, which refers to those wild and lonely expanses of territory beyond cities, towns, highways, and railroad corridors, stretching from the Kodiak Archipelago, Alaska Peninsula, and Aleutian Islands in the south through

the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and Seward Peninsula and into the northern High Arctic.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Spend time in the company of bears The Alaska Peninsula has the world's largest concentrations of brown bears, which congregate near salmon runs each year.
  2. Learn about Native culture Native communities celebrate and support their cultural traditions. Come to the Bush for everything from blanket tossing to arts-and-crafts exhibits.
  3. Go fishing You'll see 100-pound salmon, 8-pound trout, and be the only one on your block to know what sheefish tastes like.
  4. Experience the Land of the Midnight Sun Only north of the Arctic Circle is the sun above the horizon 24 hours a day; in Barrow the sun doesn't set from mid-May to August.
  5. Get outside like never before Want the world to yourself? Bush Alaska includes millions of acres of remote parklands and wildlife refuges, including the least visited national park in the United States.

When To Go

When to Go

The best time to visit is June through August, when the weather is mildest (though you should still anticipate cool, wet, and sometimes stormy weathe...

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