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Top Choice Park in Kodiak Island

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park

This military fort, 4.5 miles northeast of Kodiak, off Monashka Bay Rd, was built by the US Army during WWII to defend against a Japanese invasion that never came. In the end, Kodiak’s lousy weather kept the Japanes…
Top Choice Museum in Kodiak

Alutiiq Museum & Archaeological Repository

The Alutiiqs (not to be confused with the Aleuts) are the subject of this brilliant Alaska Native museum. They were the original inhabitants of the Kodiak archipelago and many of them remain members of the Russian O…
Top Choice Museum in Unalaska & Dutch Harbor

Museum of the Aleutians

This small but impressive museum is one of the best native cultural centers in Alaska. It relives the Aleutian story from prehistory through the Russian America period to WWII and the present. Exhibits are broken in…
Top Choice Cafe in Kodiak

Monk’s Rock Coffeehouse & Bookstore

Part cafe, part library of Russian Orthodox books and icons, Monk's is an out-of-the-ordinary eating place thanks to its on-site bookshop that might have stepped straight out of Vladivostok. The dining area is comfo…
Top Choice Historic Site in Unalaska & Dutch Harbor

Aleutian WWII National Historic Area

In 1996 Congress created this 134-acre national historic area to commemorate the bloody events of WWII that took place on the Aleutian Islands. Most of the park preserves Fort Schwatka, on Mt Ballyhoo, the highest c…
Top Choice Cafe in Kodiak Island

Java Flats

Saying you have the best baking within a 100-mile radius doesn’t always mean much in Alaska where 100 miles is often the distance to the nearest gas station, but, take it on trust, the homemade cookies at Java are t…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Kodiak

Kodiak Island Brewing Co

For proof that craft-brewing has reached the frontier, call into Kodiak's only microbrewery. It operates as a taproom rather than a pub, meaning you can bring your own food as you sample their latest ales, including…
Top Choice Mexican in Unalaska & Dutch Harbor

Amelia’s

This Dutch Harbor restaurant does a little of everything, from breakfast and burgers to seafood and pasta, but the majority of its menu is Mexican, including almost a dozen types of burritos. Amazingly, none of them…
National Park in Alaska Peninsula

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Sure, Katmai National Park & Preserve encompasses four million acres of rippling coastline, volcanic landscapes and mountain-fringed lakes, but the brown bears are the real draw. A population of around 2200 brow…
Viewpoint in Katmai National Park & Preserve

Brooks Falls

Every year, hundreds of brown bears emerge from hibernation and make their way to Brooks Falls, a small but important waterfall in Katmai National Park. Around the same time, salmon begin their journey up Brooks Riv…