Bears & Alaska's Emerald Isle

4 Days


Mid-May through mid-September



Why This Trip?

Remote, rugged, and wild, Alaska's Emerald Isle is just 45 minutes from Anchorage but truly feels like another planet. It's full of lush landscapes, sheer cliffs rising from the sea, and scenic beaches. It's also home to majestic bears, which in summer fish the Kodiak River for salmon. Check out the bears and explore this stunning island by car, where you'll find lots to do on your own as well as plenty of WWII history.


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Day 1

Fly from Anchorage to Kodiak

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Board your jet in Anchorage for the direct flight to Kodiak,which takes just 45 minutes. Get to know the area and its fascinating history by visiting one of the local museums: the Alutiiq Museum, the Baranov Museum, or the Maritime Museum.

Day 2

Day & Overnight in Kodiak

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Get ready for some bear-viewing! A scenic flight will transport you out for this magical experience. From mid-June to mid-August, you’ll set down on Frazer Lake and walk to a riverside bear-viewing hot spot, where you'll watch these magnificent creatures fish for salmon and see cubs play, with plenty of opportunities for amazing photos. In the shoulder seasons (early May to mid-June and mid-August to early October), your destination is the scenic Katmai Coast.Out here, bears dig for clams—an equally captivating sight!

Day 3

Day & Overnight in Kodiak

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You'll have all day today to explore Kodiak island, its stunning coastal scenery, and many WWII artifacts. Rent a car and start driving! You'll cruise past salmon streams, ocean inlets, tidepools, and surf beaches, all backdropped by craggy peaks. Along the way you can go hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, and more.

Day 4

Fly from Kodiak to Anchorage

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Today you'll be taking the quick flight back to Anchorage, but enjoy a final activity or two before you go. Take another hike along a trail, go fishing, visit a park, or just stroll one of the beaches and take in the amazing scenery all around you!