Why would people take a 90-minute flight from Anchorage to King Salmon, Alaska, hop in a van, and then take an additional 20-minute floatplane ride to Katmai National Park?
To spot a huge brown bear in the wild!
The immense national park, the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined, is home to the world’s largest protected population of brown bears or grizzlies.
The prime bear-watching months are between July and September, when up to 50 bears can be found on the banks of Brooks Falls, feasting on sockeye salmon.
Remember that the 1,000-pound animal can run as fast as 35 miles per hour, so don’t get too friendly. Bring a zoom lens to get that award-winning photo.
Katmai National Park & Preserve
P.O. Box 7
King Salmon, AK 99613