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  • 1. McNeil River State Game Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At the northern end of the Alaska Peninsula, this game sanctuary protects the world's largest gathering of brown bears. Since 1967, it has earned...Read More

  • 2. St. Paul Island

    Island

    The largest of the Pribilof Islands at 40 square miles, St. Paul Island is home to the greatest concentration of northern fur seals in the world...Read More

  • 3. Aleutian World War II National Historic Area and Visitor Center

    Historic District/Site

    Through old newspapers, memorabilia, video footage, and exhibits about the "Aleutian Campaign," this quaint museum outside the Unalaska Airport...Read More

  • 4. Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Some 586,000 acres of protected land was established by Congress in 1980 to mark the significance of Aniakchak, an extraordinary living volcano...Read More

  • 5. Anvil Mountain

    Mountain–Sight

    Take a summer evening drive to the top of Anvil Mountain, near Nome, for a panoramic view of the old gold town and the Bering Sea. As this is...Read More

  • 6. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The Arctic Refuge contains one of the few protected Arctic coastal lands in the United States, as well as millions of acres of mountains and...Read More

  • 7. Becharof and Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuges

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Stretching along the southern edge of the Alaska Peninsula, these two refuges encompass nearly 6 million acres of towering mountains, glacial...Read More

  • 8. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The frozen ash and lava of the 2.8-million-acre Bering Land Bridge National Preserve lie between Nome and Kotzebue, immediately south of the...Read More

  • 9. Brooks Falls and Camp

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At this immensely popular spot, viewing platforms overlook a 6-foot-high cascade where salmon leap to try to make it upstream to spawn while...Read More

  • 10. Brooks Range

    Mountain–Sight

    North and east of Kotzebue is the Brooks Range, one of Alaska's great mountain ranges. Much of the range is protected by Gates of the Arctic...Read More

  • 11. Brooks River

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Katmai area is one of Alaska's premier sportfishing regions. You can fish for rainbow trout and salmon at the Brooks River, though seasonal...Read More

  • 12. Carrie M. McClain Memorial Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum, located in the Richard Foster Building, holds the long-term exhibit, "Nome: Hub of Cultures and Communities Across the Bering Strait...Read More

  • 13. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Entirely north of the Arctic Circle, in the center of the Brooks Range, this 8.2 million acre park is the size of four Yellowstones. To the...Read More

  • 14. Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Aside from the spectacular mountains and endless seas, the most dramatic man-made attraction in Unalaska is undoubtedly the Holy Ascension Russian...Read More

  • 15. Kobuk Valley National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Lying entirely north of the Arctic Circle along the southern edge of the Brooks Range, this park's 1.14 million acres contain remarkable inland...Read More

  • 16. Museum of the Aleutians

    Museum/Gallery

    This small but remarkable museum highlights the cultural, military, and natural history of the Aleutian and Pribilof islands located to the...Read More

  • 17. Noatak River

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Adjacent to Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, the 6.5-million-acre Noatak National Preserve encompasses much of the basin of the...Read More

  • 18. Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Information Center

    Stop by the Nome Convention and Visitors Bureau for a historic walking-tour map, a city map, and information on local activities. The offerings...Read More

  • 19. Nunivak Island

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Due west of Bethel, and separated from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta by the Etolin Strait, Nunivak Island is an important wildlife refuge. Part...Read More

  • 20. Permafrost

    Geological Site

    If you're hiking the wildflower-carpeted tundra around Kotzebue, you are entering a living museum dedicated to permafrost, the permanently frozen...Read More

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