All Other Destinations and Attractions in Alaska
The Aleutian Islands stretch off the Alaskan Peninsula into the North Pacific for more than 1,000 miles. The islands consists of dormant and active volcanoes, green in summer but void of trees. Aleut villages are scattered throughout the islands. There are also larger towns on the islands with economies based on deep-sea fishing.The islands can only be accessed by air or boat with visitors usually arriving in the community of Dutch Harbor.
The Shumagin Islands are a group of 20 islands located along the Alaska Peninsula, on the eastern edge of the Aleutian Islands. The largest community is Sand Point on Popof Island. Sand Point is home to an extensive commercial fishing fleet in the Aleutians.The islands were named after one of the sailors who died on Vitus Bering's 1741 expedition to the Arctic seas.
The Pribilof Islands are located just north of the Aleutian Islands. They are comprised of two main islands, St George and St Paul. The islands are noted mainly for their abundant wildlife, with more than 220 bird species inhabiting the area. Tours to the islands can be arranged most easily from Anchorage.
Located on the island of Unalaska, Dutch Harbor is commonly thought of as the port of the town of Unalaska. Dutch Harbor is its own community although it is considered part of Unalaska (pop. 4,300), and is located just a short distance from the "old town" of Unalaska.
Aleutian World War II National Historic Area
The Aleutian World War II National Historical Park focuses on the events of the Aleutian Campaign that include the bombing of Dutch Harbor by the Japanese in June 1942, and the evacuation and internment of the Aleuts. The fort was built to protect Dutch Harbor during World War II. It is the highest coastal battery ever built in the United States. The historic buildings and structures are being protected and preserved in memory of the 100,000 Canadian and US troops who were onced stationed on these islands.
Address: Box 149, Unalaska, AK 99685, United States
Useful tips: The best time to visit the park is May through October - but the park is open year round. A Land Use Permit must be obtained to visit this privately owned park. Permits can be purchased at the World War II Visitor Center located on Airport Road or Monday through Friday at the Ounalashka Corporation Office located at 400 Salmon Way.
Museum of the Aleutians
The Museum of the Aleutians offers permanent exhibits featuring archeological research from the Aleutian Region.Displays include an ethnographic collection, a changing exhibit gallery that features weaving and other art forms, small tools, Russian and American coins as well as collection of archeological items from various sites in the region.
Nunivak Island covers 1.1 million acres off the coast of western Alaska. It is the second largest island in the Bering Sea. The island is of volcanic origin with lava flows visible in the interior, and craters which contain deep lakes. It is also home to a large herd of reindeer, and muskoxen, both of which were introduced to the island in the 1920s and 1930s.The main landscape is tundra with over 40 rivers and steep volcanic cliffs. Numerous migratory seabirds and waterfowl have made seasonal homes on Nunivak Island.The only permanent settlement is Mekoryuk, on the north shore. The island can be accessed by air from Bethel.