It takes patience, time and money to get here, so you’ll want to stay long enough to soak up the spirit of Unalaska and commune with its natural world as well as its history.
Independent travelers should plan to stay two or three days to fit in both outdoor activities and sites of interest. Business travelers are in a great position to affordably add on a few vacation days to take full advantage of their trip. Birders and hikers may also consider an extra day or two in case poor weather complicates plans for the ultimate hike or cruise out to Unalaska Bay.
Flying in and out of Unalaska can be delayed by weather, too, so remember to be flexible with your plans. (Some travelers need to wait a day or more to fly out, so don’t plan anything too important back home at the tail-end of your trip. If you have items like medications that you can’t do without, take extra with you just in case.)
Cruise ship passengers usually only have part of a day depending on how long their ship is in port. Many choose to visit the Museum of the Aleutians or the Aleutian World War II Visitor Center, but a brisk hike up Mt. Ballyhoo for wildflower and wildlife viewing is also a lovely way to spend your time on the island.