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Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska’s “Emerald Island”, or, more accurately put, “Emerald Archipelago”, is truly a masterpiece, lovingly created by mother nature herself. Its rolling hills, sharp cliffs and peaks, fjord-like bays, and u-shaped valleys were all carved out of the landscape 20,000 years ago by the immense glaciers that covered almost the entire archipelago.

Most tourists visit during the green, summer months, but winter travel is also a great option due to Kodiak’s mild winters created by the warm Japanese trade winds. Outdoor activities are most popular in this part of the world; viewing the famous Kodiak bears, bird-watching, whale watching, camping and hiking are all amazing. Puffins and Black Oyster Catchers are common birds to behold in Kodiak, and whales, sea lions and sea otters are just a few of the marine animals around for the traveler to appreciate.

Fishing, Kayaking, and Camping

Kodiak is a fisher’s paradise. You can spend days in the sun fishing for cod, halibut, and 5 species of salmon among others. Shuyak Island State Park is very popular for kayaking. Small coves, calm channels, and open seas are there just waiting to be explored. Tranquil inner bays are perfect for beginning kayakers, while outer coasts call out the experts.

There are 3 state locations available for camping: Buskin River State Recreation Site, Pasagshak River State Recreation Site, and Fort Abercrombie State Historic Park. A permit for these areas is $10 per night. There are also several private campgrounds available.

In Town

Check out the Kodiak Maritime Museum, the Baranov Museum, or the Alutiiq Museum which highlights the first settlers of Kodiak that arrived from the Aleutian Islands about 10,000 years ago. Also interesting is the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Kodiak has the first microbrewery in Alaska as well as unique shops displaying local and native art, souvenirs, Russian arts and crafts, and smoked Kodiak salmon. The main special event of the city is the Kodiak Crab Festival from May 21-25.

Food

Fresh, delicious seafood is always on the menu in Kodiak. It’s famous for its succulent king crab and, of course, Kodiak certified wild Alaskan salmon. Fish and chips is a major crowd-pleaser made with cod, halibut, and even salmon. Creamy chowders and gourmet coffees are popular with everyone, especially during the snowy winter months. 

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February 03, 2005 change by giorgio

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