Unalaska Points of Interest
Visitors are drawn to Unalaska for different reasons. Some are World War II buffs. Others are birders. Still others are on business, or looking for work. The area offers plenty of distractions for everyone - from plentiful hiking and fishing to historical sites and festivals.
But often, it’s the simple, day-to-day living that can tell you the most about a community. Check out these Unalaska points of interest - and if you find yourself visiting the library, or picking berries on the tundra, you can imagine what it might be like to live here year-round and call this amazing place home.
Points of Interest
Visitors who come to Unalaska for birding are rarely disappointed. Birds are plentiful, the chances of seeing something unusual are high, and adding several species to your life-list is easy and oh-so-satisfying.
Volcanoes not only shaped the face of Alaska but also make for spectacular sights. Here are the top volcanoes to look for and photograph during your Alaska vacation.
Unalaska’s Front Beach, on the shores of Iliuliuk Bay, is both inviting and picturesque. Looking toward the bay, watch for boats coming into harbor, eagles fighting over salmon, or mist engulfing the surrounding hills and mountain tops. Back toward Unalaska, you’ll find more emerald green mountain views and historic sites.
This peaceful cove at the end of Summer Bay Road wasn’t always so quiet. It’s been the site of a native Unangan village, a fox farm, a cattle ranch, and also served as part of the American military coastal defense strategy during World War II. Today Morris Cove mainly draws recreational visitors for hiking, camping and hanging out on the wide, sandy beach. It’s also a jumping off point for extended hikes on Split Top Mountain, to Constantine ...more
When you live on an island, being in and around water is second nature. The rough, cold waters surrounding Unalaska are inhospitable to swimmers, though, so the Aquatic Center is their community mecca. In this small, far-flung spot on the Aleutian chain you might not expect to find a natatorium where you can rocket down a water slide, swim 25-yard laps in the 6‑lane heated pool or finish up in the sauna. But here it is.
A visit to Summer Bay beach reveals a wild and rugged vista. All thoughts and sounds of the busy port of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska are swept away as the ocean waters of the Bering Sea enter the bay and pound the shoreline with mesmerizing force. Rolling green hills surrounding the bay are carpeted with wildflowers in summer and berries in the fall.
This active 5,906-foot volcano shrouded in ice on the western lobe of Unalaska Island last stirred awake in 1995, when it produced tremors and spit out a small cloud of steam and ash. Rising only 16 miles from the village of Unalaska and the port of Dutch Harbor, Makushin Volcano has seen at least five other eruptions in historic times, and produced rumblings or ash regularly since the 1980s.
Catch up on current news, check your email, or immerse yourself in the past at the Unalaska Public Library, open seven days a week on the shores of Unalaska Lake. The library has more than 42,000 items in a collection that includes books, movies, audio books, periodicals, and free Wi-Fi access.
In the high reaches of Unalaska’s volcanically-formed peaks, the flora hugs the ground, a natural defense against Aleutian winds, snow and cold. Between June and August, Unalaska’s wildflowers decorate the undulating green hills in a profusion of blue, purple, pink, white and yellow. This natural flower garden greets the eye virtually anywhere you wander, and is delightful to explore on foot.
Before the Emmy-award-winning Deadliest Catch began airing in 2005, only captains and their crew really understood the extreme ups and downs of the crabbing life on the Bering Sea. Millions of viewers in more than 200 countries now know what goes into bringing Alaskan crab to market: hard work, a lot of daring and at least a little drama (or maybe it’s hard work, a lot of drama and at least a little daring!). When in Unalaska, you can check out ...more