Kotzebue Tourist Attractions
Located on the Baldwin Peninsula, Kotzebue (pop. 3,082) is the second-largest Eskimo community in North America. The town was named for Otto Von Kotzebue, a German sailor who explored the area in 1818.Kotzebue is 33 miles above the Arctic Circle in a treeless tundra. Of notable interest in the town is the NANA Museum of the Arctic.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Gates Of The Arctic National Park is spread over 8.5 million acres and features mountains, boreal forest, and rolling tundra. It can be explored on foot - hiking and backpacking - or by canoe, down the rivers and lakes. Travelers will enjoy wilderness travel and adventure in Gates Of The Arctic National Park.Wildlife found within the Gates of the Arctic include moose, caribou, Dahl sheep, wolves, and black bears.Flights into the park can be arranged in Fairbanks or Bettles Field.
Official site: www.nps.gov/gaar/
Address: Bettles Ranger Station (Field Ops), Box 30, Bettles, AK 99726, United States
Simon Paneak Museum, Anaktuvuk Pass
Anaktuvuk Pass is in the central Brooks Range, about 60 miles west of Dalton Highway and is accessible by air. Most tours of the town include a stop at the Simon Paneak Memorial Museum, housed in a log structure. On display are items and information related to the heritage of the Nunamiut Inupiat Eskimos. The mission of the museum is to preserve the history, culture and traditions of the Inupiat people.
Kobuk Valley National Park
The Kobuk Valley National Park was created to protect the central portion of the Kobuk River, the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes and the Little Kobuk and Hunt River Dunes.Common wildlife seen in the park include moose, grizzly and black bears, wolverines, red foxes, caribou and lynxes.The Onion Portage site is located on the eastern side of Kobuk Valley National Park and features evidence of humans camping in the area as far back as 12,500 years ago.
Cape Krusenstern National Monument
The beach of Cape Krusenstern National Monument is covered in wildflowers in the summer. It is also nesting grounds for a large number of migratory birds. This treeless coastal plain has a series of 114 beach ridges that provide evidence of over 5,000 years of use by humans along this coastline. It is a popular destination for hikers and boaters.
Official site: www.nps.gov/cakr/
Address: National Park Service, Box 1029, Kotzebue, AK 99752, United States
Noatak National Preserve
Wilderness float trips are offered in Noatak National Preserve as well as the opportunity to observe Arctic plants and animals. The Noatak River is classified as a national wild and scenic river.Activities that can be enjoyed at Noatak include camping, hiking, backpacking, wildlife observations and photography.
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